Following saint's example
Year 9 students at St Joseph’s School, Clare, have been contributing to a local community kitchen as they embrace the mantra of St Mary MacKillop to ‘never see a need without doing something about it’.
The students have been exploring food-focused entrepreneurship including healthy food choices and how these can present business opportunities.
In researching business models, they learned about a local outreach program, the Clare Valley Community Kitchen.
Run in conjunction with the Lions Club food rescue program Lifeline, the Department of Human Services and the Clare Community Garden, the collective holds a fortnightly lunch group for people in need in the community.
The kitchen aims to provide a place for sharing food, produce and skills in an inclusive and safe environment. It provides healthy and nutritious meals for some of the community’s most vulnerable people.
Teacher Brendan Ackland said the students were so impressed they wanted to contribute.
The main course for the March menu was allocated to the students who set about determining a menu that could also have a vegetarian option.
Local parishioner and kitchen volunteer Charles Grover said the lasagne and Greek salad made by the students was very well received.
“Those kids either had talent, a good recipe, or a good teacher. Maybe it was a combination of all three,” he said.
Mr Ackland said the students had taken away lots of learnings from the experience and he was extremely proud of the standard of food they delivered on the day.
“This was an opportunity for our Year 9s to live out Mary MacKillop’s philosophy of never seeing a need without doing something about it,” said Mr Ackland.
“It is community outreach in action, and our students embraced the opportunity with gusto!”
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