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Empty Bowls Top Chef

17 year old Michael Rodriguez, a Neshannock High School student, with the support of Lawrence County Community Action Partnership (LCCAP) was awarded a $500.00 scholarship from the Sodexo Foundation for proposal “Top Chef”!

Sodexo Foundation rewards and recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America.

LCCAP is a lead agency of “Global Youth Service Day” (GYSD) as well as a sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

As a GYSD lead agency, LCCAP invests in projects that allow the youth to become leaders and change makers within our community. As a result, we organize community service projects and highlight those contributions the young people have made in the areas where they live.

As a SFSP sponsor, it is our goal to ensure that low-income youth, up to age 18, continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. LCCAP currently sponsors 14 sites across the New Castle area.

It is Michael’s and LCCAP’s endeavor to combine the efforts of these two programs to create a community service project (The Top Chef) around GYSD and participate in a fundraising event for the SFSP called “Empty Bowls” which will be held on April 27, 2014 at St. Camillus Church.

Prior to the “Empty Bowls” event, the players will have the opportunity to participate in 2-3 healthy meal preparation sessions, conducted by a local Sodexo Division, in order to be educated on the benefits of healthy eating; along with how to prepare a healthy meal on a modest budget and be provided with information on the hunger in America and our own community.

During the “Empty Bowls” event, the players will then be divided into two teams (Football team and Baseball team). The teams will have to compete with each other on who can prepare the best healthy, well rounded meal on a modest budget. This will be decided by 3 celebrity county members.

While the “Top Chef” competition is going on, the Empty Bowls event will also be serving soup, bread, coffee, tea and cookies. Participants of the Neshannonck Football and Baseball teams will volunteer by assisting the Empty Bowls committee to serve the public who have purchased tickets to this event in support of the SFSP.