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F BITES (Food Based Interventions with Technology, Energy & Science) is designed specifically to give people the chance to learn important life skills and break the cycle of poverty.

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F BITES offers programs ranging from nutritional education programs to adult cooking programs to programs designed to help transition prisoners to a new life after their release.  

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America's First Barista Training Program!

F BITES has started the FIRST EVER Barista Training Program in Niagara Falls High School at our We Proudly Serve Starbucks in the High School! Students take a 6-week training course and learn, in real-time, how to be a trained Barista and manage a business. These young learners are developing everyday skills that are just as important as anything they are leaning in the classroom: self-confidence, leadership, team work and respect for one another.

Young learners will not only have a graduation certificate from the barista program but they will also be ServSafe certified. Additionally, students will earn work-based learning hours that will count towards their C-DOS (Career Development & Occupational Studies) graduation requirements. This will further help ensure employment for the students.


From Cheryl W. Vilardo, Vice Principle of Niagara Falls High School

This program has had a tremendously positive impact on the students who have worked in the first cohort. We purposely picked students who are not naturally engaged in school in the traditional way and who have struggled with attendance, coursework, and/or discipline in the past. For these students, absenteeism is down (for example, one student has increased his attendance at school by 55% compared to the first quarter of last year), academic success is up (nearly all students are passing all core academic classes), and none of the students involved have had a major discipline issue so far this year.

More importantly, we see these students feeling connected to school and proud of their work. They have learned to speak to adults when taking coffee orders, have learned to work together even with people who are not their friends, and walk around the building happy.

Perhaps the most telling point of success is that all 8 students showed up to work at this fall’s musical, which required them to get transportation back to the building in the evening and volunteer two hours of their time for three consecutive nights.

Regardless of where life takes them, these transferable skills will be with them throughout the rest of their lives.

Great Food Changing Lives

Using hands-on culinary instruction, we empower underprivileged youths and chronically unemployed adults to instill leadership, communication skills and the ability to set and achieve goals.

In School

Our In School Program offers an educational nutrition class designed for students in grades five through twelve.

F BITES combines various techniques of hands-on learning, peer support, guest speakers and learning modification to introduce healthier eating habits and practices to youth at crucial developmental academic and vocational stages.

Re-Entry Program

The Re-Entry Program is designed specifically for prisoners looking to completely turn their lives around. We teach the participants all the important soft skills – such as looking someone in the eye, shaking hands and even pulling their pants up.

Saturday Academy

Our Saturday Academy is designed for both students and their parents to experience the F BITES program and increase their nutritional knowledge. We focus on showing participants how to put together healthy, nutritious meals that they can replicate in their own homes.

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Program focuses on teaching the soft and hard skills needed in today’s workforce, using food as the syllabus. Today’s employers expect a certain level of competence, behavior and attitude, and we work on all three to ensure that participants are fully prepared for the work environment.
“I started F BITES as a way to give back to the underprivileged and underserved in Erie, Niagara and Monroe counties. I was able to lift myself up by first starting out as a dishwasher and ending up as a chef working for Gordon Ramsey in London. I consider myself blessed – and I wanted to share my good fortune. I believe that in cooking there is the opportunity to teach important life skills. While I don’t expect all of our students to become chefs, I firmly believe the lessons they learn from us will carry them on a successful journey for the rest of their lives.”

Chef Bobby Anderson

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Help students find their calling. Give the underprivileged the chance of a lifetime. Assist prisoners in turning their lives around. And help build a better, more productive society. It only takes a little bit from you to make a big difference for someone in need. So please consider donating to help keep this mission thriving.


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