Chambersburg: F&M Trust pledges $12,500 to culinary arts academy

F&M Trust recently pledged $12,500 to Costa Academy, a culinary arts school in Chambersburg that educates students through a style of teaching that fosters engagement, provokes confident decision-making, and inspires leadership.

Costa Academy, which is housed at The Orchards restaurant, has educated high school students through an alternative education program since 2016. With the 2022-2023 year, the academy will shift programming to post-high school and other adult students.

Culinary training at Costa Academy

“Having a culinary program that educates students of all ages to have the skills required for a career in the food industry means a lot more than most think,” Costa Academy Executive Director Michael Kalathas said. “I thank F&M Trust for understanding our vision and for seeing the impact this will have for our entire community.”

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The scope of the academy goes beyond culinary training. The program’s approach is to help students develop their purpose, define their place in society, cultivate relationships with diverse populations, and positively impact their community. Core values of the academy include excellence, integrity, authenticity, and generosity.

“Franklin County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Pennsylvania and offers many opportunities in the food services industry. But the nearest culinary school is more than 50 miles away in York,” said Tim Henry, President and CEO of F&M Trust. “The bank makes this donation to support educational opportunities locally for students interested in pursuing culinary careers.”

Upon graduation, Costa Academy students will be ready to work in the hospitality industry, catering, restaurants, retail food industry, institutional and commercial dining, leisure and recreation industry, and food manufacturers and wholesalers. Graduates are employed at such area businesses as Menno Haven, Wilson College, and Mercersburg Academy.

About F&M Trust: A subsidiary of Franklin Financial Services Corp., F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg. With approximately $1.8 billion in assets, F&M Trust has 22 community-banking locations in Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton, and Huntingdon counties in Pennsylvania, and in Washington County, Maryland. Please visit for more information.