FeedMore WNY offers free job-training for economically disadvantaged adults, providing the skills, experience, opportunities and a network of partners to help our neighbors obtain gainful employment and achieve financial self-sufficiency. We’re empowering our neighbors through specialized training programs to bring our region closer to our shared goal of ending hunger in WNY.

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warehouse and logistics skills training program

Through this free 10-week training program, participants will learn essential skills to become warehouse and logistics professionals. Participants will have access to:

    • Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certification & Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification offered by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
    • ServSafe Food Handler’s training
    • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry completion card (in partnership with WNYCOSH)
    • Certification in at least three types of material handling equipment (forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.)

RISE in action

support beyond the classroom

We’ve partnered with local institutions to support your educational journey.

Participants in RISE receive financial literacy training (in partnership with Bank of America) and nutrition education.

transportation

Access to transportation is provided for those in need of assistance. Options include NFTA bus passes or shuttle service, as necessary.

job-readiness training

We want you to succeed in your new career. As part of each RISE cohort, we offer counseling and training to ready you for the next step. This includes resume writing, guided job search and interviews with our employer partners. We also offer post-graduation support and case management to help you reach your potential.

childcare

In partnership with the Family Help Center, we offer childcare for participants with children.

our next cohort

The next RISE cohort begins October 11, 2021 and runs through December 17, 2021. Applications for this cohort are due by September 30, 2021.

Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

case management

Case management is provided on an individual basis between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.



class location

All classes are held at FeedMore WNY’s Food Distribution Warehouse located at 91 Holt Street, Buffalo, NY 14206.

program outcomes

All members of our first two cohorts successfully graduated after completing the 10-week RISE program. Graduates received multiple job offers upon graduation, with several individuals finding permanent full-time employment.

  • Percentage completion/graduated: 71%
  • Percentage of graduates offered jobs: 100%
  • Percentage of those offered jobs employed: 80%



addressing the root cause of hunger

Empowering our neighbors to provide for themselves and their families moves us closer to our shared goal: ending hunger in WNY.

The 2014 Feeding America report “From Paycheck to Pantry” revealed that 46 percent of households that rely on charitable food assistance are jobless. Locally, The John R. Oishei Foundation has said that in Buffalo, east of Main Street, 54 percent of adults have no education or formal skills training beyond high school. Among the vulnerable, fewer than 1 percent have vocational training which offers access to career paths to good jobs for those who aren’t college bound.

FeedMore WNY is proud to be one of 30 Feeding America member organizations operating a workforce development program.

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We invite you to apply for our RISE program!

Must be at least 18 years of age to apply.

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contact us

For more information on our RISE Program, eligibility requirements and application support, please contact Lisa Ratigan, Workforce Advocate at 716-822-2005 or by email lratigan@feedmorewny.org.