The Food Bank of Delaware is preparing to offer warehousing and logistics training to the general public.
The 11-week training program, named L.O.G.I.C (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control), begins September 10th at the Food Bank of Delaware’s warehouse in Newark.
Food Bank communications director Kim Turner says the new pilot program aims to help people learn skills that can lead to employment.
“We are really looking to increase workforce development so that people no longer need emergency food assistance and can find jobs that pay sustainable wages so that they can support themselves and their families,” said Turner.
Turner says the classes will take place Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will include a combination of classroom and in-warehouse activities.
Turner says the Food Bank constantly brings in food donations and distributes seven million pounds of food every year - making it the perfect training venue.
“So we are a logistics company essentially. So what better way than to train people for careers in that industry than by having them through a training program here at the Food Bank. It’s an 11-week program and we’ll teach them all the essentials of the industry and then help them find jobs," Turner said.
The program is funded through the Delaware Department of Labor. The 11-week curriculum focuses on:
Week 1: Introduction to Warehousing and Logistics
Week 2: Receiving
Week 3: Storing and Restocking
Week 4: Picking, Packing and Quality Control
Week 5: Loading and Shipping
Week 6: Inventory Control
Week 7: Introduction to Transportation
Week 8: Customer Service
Week 9: Customer Service
Weeks 10-11: Internship
Turner notes that space is limited and she encourages anyone interested to sign up early.
To learn more about L.O.G.I.C. or to apply, click here.