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.

SELCO Fresh Start Food Service Program: Provides basic food service skills for careers in a restaurant or food service provider. Fresh Start takes place in two locations, the Dining Room downtown and the FOOD for Lane County commercial kitchen in west Eugene.

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 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 Schedules:

Warehouse Training Program

Session 1: July 9 – September 28, 2018

  • Applications due: June 20, 2018
  • Interviews: June 25-29, 2018

Session 2: October 8 – December 28, 2018

  • Applications due: September 19, 2018
  • Interviews: September 24-28, 2018

Session 3: January 7 – March 29, 2019

  • Applications due: December 12, 2018
  • Interviews: December 17-21, 2018

Session 4: April 8 – June 28, 2019

  • Applications due: March 10, 2019
  • Interviews: March 25-29, 2019


SELCO Fresh Start Food Service Program

Session 1: September 10 – November 21, 2018

  • Applications due: August 22, 2018
  • Interviews: August 24-29, 2018

Session 2: February 8 – May 3, 2019

  • Applications due: January 18, 2019
  • Interviews: January 28-31, 2019


The Job Training Programs are unpaid and are not employment with FOOD for Lane County. They are to help train people using services in job skills to find employment.


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

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