Steps to accomplish this project:
1. Contact shelter (ESP) to create partnership. Ask a member of the shelter to come to the school and make a presentation on homelessness.
2. Organize a date to take the club members to the shelter to help volunteer an afternoon of their time to see first-hand the effects of poverty, homelessness, and hunger.
3. Plan meals on a weekly basis. Call stores that are donating supplies and find out what foods will be available each week.
4. Assign roles to students in the kitchen and rotate them on a weekly basis. Ex. One week a small group chops vegetables, another group assembles food, and a different group packages meals to be ready for transport to the shelter. All groups can help clean up!
5. Compile weekly recipes for the future cookbook.
6. Create a cookbook using construction paper, computer programs, and the pictures taken during the project. Include student reflections about the project throughout the cookbook.
7. Donate a copy of the cookbook to the shelter, and ask for a suggested donation from school staff, parents, students, and other community members who are interested in the cookbook.
8. Wrap-up with a short reflection ceremony upon donation of the cookbook.
The women, mothers, and children at the shelter are so thankful, grateful and feel blessed by the work that the youth are doing for them. They have expressed how wonderful it is to come home from a day at work and have a meal prepared that is both healthy, nutritious, and satisfying. The food is nourishing, and is something for them to look forward to at the end of a long day. They know that they are safe, fed, and have a warm place to stay until they are ready to leave.