Led by Chef Paul Fields graduates of the Salvation Army's NV Culinary Training Academy and volunteers prepare over 22,000 meals for evacuees and first responders of the Napa County fires during the first week.

When disaster strikes, your generosity helps us strike back

 Salvation Army loads up food to distribute to the Napa and American Canyon evacuation centers during the Napa/Sonoma fires.

Salvation Army loads up food to distribute to the Napa and American Canyon evacuation centers during the Napa/Sonoma fires.

In this very challenging time, when so many families have been impacted by the recent fires, we pray that you and your family are safe.  We want you to know we are here for you as you work through the challenges ahead. Please call on us should you, your family or your employees need assistance.
In light of the devastation resulting from the fires, Senator Bill Dodd has announced that his annual fundraiser, December 11 at Silverado Resort, will occur as planned.  However, we want you to be aware that we have made changes to how the events proceeds will be distributed.

Originally, all proceeds were directed solely to Salvation Army’s Napa Culinary Training Academy which provides critical job skills to those recovering from trauma and/or addiction.  The scope of this fundraiser will now expand; the Fund-A-Need will go to the Napa and the Sonoma County Salvation Army and will help fund the relief efforts in both counties. 

In the first 7 days, The Salvation Army provided over 22,000 meals to evacuees and first responders in Napa County and over 36,000 in Sonoma County.  The local offices in both counties have set-up post-fire relief centers where they provide food, clothing, gift cards and toiletries to local families who have been displaced and to local service employees who find themselves out of work and struggle to make ends meet.

If you have not already become a sponsor there is still time.  Please click on the link below and consider an event sponsorship or a fund-a-need donation. Support the Napa and Sonoma Counties as they begin to rebuild.  Thank you for sharing our mission and commitment to serve our communities.

Major Kevin Hanson
The Salvation Army, Napa County

Napa Valley Culinary Training Academy of
the Salvation Army of Napa

The Napa Valley Culinary Training Academy of the Salvation Army of Napa launched in November 2016.  It is a jobs-training program in Napa County specifically designed to provide employable skills to adults engaged in recovery from addiction, trauma or homelessness – to lessen the likelihood of sliding back into a harmful lifestyle dependent on social services.  Using a curriculum designed by the Culinary Institute of America, the Academy offers a path for those who have successfully overcome difficult challenges and are prepared to transition to a jobs-training program geared towards employment.  As part of the curriculum, students are responsible for the Salvation Army’s feeding program which has grown dramatically since the start of the training program. We now prepare nearly 1,000 meals weekly serving South Napa Shelter and lunch Monday through Friday at the Army’s Napa location.         

Napa culinary academy students cook up lunch, and a future

In one corner of the kitchen, one man set to work skinning bunches of carrots; in another, a woman carried a potato masher the size of a dessert plate toward a steaming tub of freshly cooked red-skinned spuds. Along a work table on the other side of a doorway, more kitchen hands in similar black-and-white uniforms sliced log-size loaves of ground beef, the morning’s first step toward a meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and onion gravy.

 In two hours, these ingredients would become the Napa Salvation Army’s Thursday lunch for about 150 guests, mostly low-income and some homeless. But the bustle around the ovens, stockpots and chopping boards was more than another morning’s kitchen duty – it was another class day for the Napa Valley Culinary Training Academy, and another step for eight people working toward new restaurant careers, and perhaps new lives.

Story from KCBS Radio on the launch of our culinary arts program in Napa. (Images from The Salvation Army Del Oro Division)

Salvation Army Launches Culinary Training Academy

Salvation Army launches the Napa Valley Training Academy in Nov 2016.  In April of 2017, 10 of the 12 students successfully complete and graduate the program.  With help of local organizations the students went on to internships in the hospitality and restaurant industry. 

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Salvation Army Programs

To learn more about our programs please visit us online at Napa.Salvationarrmy.org or click on the button below.