Job Training Program

Helping people with employment skills to be on a path out of poverty

In July 2017, FOOD for Lane County started a job training program to help people receiving services with employment skills to help be on a path out of poverty. We work with adults who may face challenges to employment, providing a supportive and structured environment to get them ready for the workforce. Daily instruction and guidance is provided by FOOD for Lane County staff, working side by side with job trainees in the daily operation of the food bank’s programs. The programs run twelve weeks.

Warehouse Training Program: Provides basic skills for careers in warehouse operations. The warehouse training program combines hands-on training in a large warehouse that processes, stores, and distributes both dry and perishable food products. Students will be involved in the receipting, storage, and distribution of up to eight million pounds of food per year for people with low or no income.

Successful graduates of the program will have a Food Handlers’ Card and a Non-Credit Training Certificate from Lane Community College, and the Warehouse Training Program offers an FFLC Forklift Certification.

Youth Farm Program: The Youth Farm is a 5 acre urban educational farm and a work experience site for youth. Each summer, a crew of teens works at the farm where they receive job skills and training in gardening, leadership, financial management and nutrition while growing food for FFLC and for a 100+ member Community Supported Agriculture Program and two produce stands.


Program Schedule:

Warehouse Training Program

FY 20-21

Summer: July 13-Oct 2, 2020  (11 weeks)

  • Application due: Rolling (related to COVID)
  • Interviews: Rolling (related to COVID)

Fall: Oct 5-Dec 24 (11 weeks)

  • Application due: Sept 20
  • Interviews: Sept 23-30

Winter: Jan 5-Mar 26, 2021 (12 weeks)

  • Application due: Dec 10
  • Interviews: Dec 14-18

Spring: Apr 6-June 25, 2021 (12 weeks)

  • Application due: Mar 10
  • Interviews: Mar 15-19


Youth Farm


Job Trainees get paid minimum wage while completing a 12 week warehouse training program, which helps train people using services in job skills to find employment.


For more information: Call 541-343-2822 or contact us here.

Apply here!


Funding for this project was provided in part by the United States Department of Agriculture. FOOD for Lane County is an equal opportunity provider. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.