Students in Chef Maureen Clancy’s culinary arts class have cooked up a plan to feed the homeless.
Uniting with Bonnie Potter of Shelters of Saratoga, the class is accepting pallets of donated food and preparing it in a variety of ways for the shelter residents. For example, the shelter took in hundreds of cans of corn. Rather than serve corn every day to the residents, the students opened up those cans and cooked 10 gallons of corn chowder and dozens of corn muffins.
“The shelter has thirty residents that they have to provide three meals a day to,” said Chef Clancy. “And they don’t have enough volunteers. So the students chose to help out.”
In addition to the corn, they morning students created a spinach pasta dish and creamed spinach, with the load of spinach from the shelter, and granola from oatmeal that was also in large supply.
The afternoon class is whipping up baked beans, deviled eggs, tuna and egg salad sandwiches.
This week, the students were also making cinnamon buns for residents. The students will also be making dishes with cans of black and kidney beans that have been dropped off to the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES center.
“We do recipe research and come up with a bunch of different recipes for the shelter,” said Harrison Procter, a Schuylerville student. “We try to figure out what we can make.”
Matt Ricci, also from Schuylerville, said they will be cooking and baking every day for the shelter for the next few weeks.
“We are in full production mode,” said Matt who is the class president and a SkillsUSA class representative.
While everyone in Chef Clancy’s room is involved in preparing the food, Harrison and Matt, along with students Sherene Fedor of Corinth and Cody Pepper of Saratoga Springs, head up the effort in the morning. In the afternoon, Sydney Jameson and Alyssa Pancake of Saratoga Springs, Janelle Ritter of Ballston Spa and Nick Valente of Galway, are taking the lead.
In addition, the quartet, with the Key Club, has devised a school-wide contest to collect more non-perishable foods for the shelter.
Every class is collecting donations. The class with the largest contribution of food wins a breakfast or taco buffet lunch. Second place wins a pizza party; while third place winners will receive a platter of cookies.
Of course, all the winnings will be homemade – courtesy of Chef Clancy’s class.
“This is a great opportunity for us to do some community service,” said Matt.
News Channel 13 did a feature on the students and their efforts to feed the homeless.Click here to read the story.