Correctional Officer Melvin Fredrick, left, dons a chef's jacket in his off hours to help the less fortunate.

Correctional Officer Melvin Fredrick, left, dons a chef’s jacket in his off hours to help the less fortunate. He’s seen here with his business partner, Patty.

By Robert Brown, Community Resource Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility’s (RJDCF) Correctional Officer Melvin Fredrick wears his CDCR uniform each day to work. But by night, Officer Fredrick dons a uniform of another kind: a black chef’s jacket.

One of the many programs for which Officer Fredrick and his partner volunteer.

One of the many programs for which Officer Fredrick and his partner volunteer.

On his time off, Officer Fredrick comes to the rescue of San Diego by utilizing talents as a classically trained chef.

Officer Fredrick is a part owner of Patty Cake Pops and is a member of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of San Diego, a part of the American Culinary Federation.

Officer Fredrick and Patty Cake Pops assist in feeding the poor and teaching the culinary arts to veterans and the disadvantaged.

They support efforts like Becky’s House, a domestic violence program offering a safe haven for women, men, and children to overcome trauma, improve their economic status, and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency.

Officer Fredrick and his team also help with the Warrior Project luncheon which helps returning veterans learn job skills and acclimate to the civilian lifestyle.