Dinner at the Gillespie Center was special on September 9. Students in Staples’ advanced culinary arts class, along with the Culinary Arts Club, prepared and served food for residents of the town homeless shelter.
They did it again October 14. And they’ll continue throughout the school year, on the 2nd Friday of each month.
That’s good, and it makes a nice story. But there’s much more.
The culinary students create menus featuring fresh local produce and meat. Chef Cecily Gans purchases the items at the Westport Farmers’ Market, held every Thursday in the Imperial Avenue parking lot.
Westport Sunrise Rotary provides funding for the food. Club members also pick up and deliver the food to the Gillespie Center, and coordinate serving with the students.
And the Staples PTA donates funds for essential, um, staples like oil, vinegar and rice.
Talk about a win-win-win-win situation:
- Students learn about community service, preparing meals with fresh ingredients, and supporting community agriculture programs.
- The Farmers’ Market helps fill an important need.
- Sunrise Rotary plays a key role, assisting students and the Gillespie Center.
- And men and women facing hard times eat healthful, great-tasting meals.