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  • Anand Shantam

    by Representative James P. McGovern

    Posted on 2015-01-22

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    McGOVERN of massachusetts in the house of representatives Thursday, January 22, 2015 Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share the story of Anand Shantam. Anand joined me as my guest at the State of the Union.

    Anand's story is all too familiar. She was unemployed and struggled in poverty.

    Four years ago all that changed. She was introduced to DC Central Kitchen, an innovative program to combat hunger and train unemployed adults for culinary careers.

    She enrolled in the Culinary Job Training Program and received her food handler's license.

    But she also received so much more. She received the support she needed to discover her own confidence. She reignited her passion for cooking.

    Upon graduation, Anand re-entered the workforce as the Lead at Kelly Miller Middle School, preparing nutritious, homemade meals for kids. Today, she is a culinary instructor for the very same program that helped her turn her life around.

    She has health insurance. She is self-sufficient.

    Anand's experience at DC Central Kitchen is an incredible success story of how job training programs help people get back on their feet.

    Mr. Speaker, I'm honored to call Anand my friend. And I can't wait to try her kale salad.


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