Culinary Arts Academy Students Create Capstone Project around Food Insecurity and Raise $450 for FoodShare

Spotlight on Excellence     June 2013

 

Culinary Arts Academy Students Create Capstone Project around Food Insecurity and Raise $450 for FoodShare

 
The students in Hospitality teacher Julie Totten’s Capstone class at the Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School spent many hours on their senior project learning about food insecurity around the world as well as in Hartford – their backyard – this year.  They learned that food insecurity is not just an urban issue, but affects towns of all sizes and economic standing in the state. These lessons culminated in the creation of a non-perishable food pantry at the high school which can be utilized by students, faculty and staff members.  The students organized a food drive within the school where homerooms competed to see which one could bring in the most donations. The winning class was treated to lunch prepared by Ms. Totten’s class.  Additionally, the students reached out to the community for food and monetary donations, which resulted in a very large food donation from Trinity College faculty and staff.  A culinary class, taught by faculty member Steve Oshana, prepared and served a soup and fresh bread lunch at the school and raised additional funds for the pantry.  Ms. Totten is hoping that the Academy can soon apply as a partner agency for Food Share, which will enable the school to purchase fresh produce and dairy products, at a much reduced cost, to boost the offerings at the food pantry. The students also learned the value of community service when they participated in the Walk Against Hunger this spring and raised $450 for Food Share.  Ms. Totten is looking forward to continuing and expanding the food pantry during the next school year.

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