欧肯娜根学院 Culinary Arts students are out there doing their best for their fellow peers during this pandemic. OC students alongside their student union, Sysco and RBC have founded the OC Serves Up pilot project, providing nutritious, free meals to students in need of them. All remaining meals are being sent to shelters and others in need of free and healthy food during this challenging time.
The Need for Nutritious, Free Meals
Students studying in Canada may be struggling to afford food regularly or maybe starting to struggle now in light of COVID19. This is a troubling phenomenon, deserving of a solution grounded in community care, and in students helping students. Having access to healthy, low-cost food will ensure students can perform to the best of their ability. And further, it ensures they can get through the challenging pandemic with less stress than expected originally.
Introducing OC Serves Up
To meet the demand for low-cost and healthy food, Okanagan College Culinary Arts students began the OC Serves Up program. The benefits of this program are two-fold; students get to prepare food, practicing their skills and other students are given healthy, free meals. Right now, students are back in the kitchen’s on campus, cooking for social good, while socially distancing. Originally, the students may have been cooking for restaurants, but many of these aren’t open in light of COVID19, so they’re putting their skills to an even better use. They are feeding those who are struggling financially in light of the pandemic and other factors.
Partner Institutions in the Pilot
The OC Serves Up program exists in light of support from multiple organizations, including the Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU) and Sysco, and Okanagan College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts students. The student union has put $1000 towards the pilot program.
“The OCSU is proud to participate in OC Serves UP as it directly relates to the needs of our students today. We see this as an advancement to our existing Pantry Food Bank program, which has been utilized by thousands of students since launching in 2018. We are grateful to OC and the Culinary and Pastry Arts program for establishing this initiative and we are excited to continue supporting OC students,” said Brianne Berchowitz, Executive Director for the OCSU.
In addition, Sysco is also supporting the program with in-kind produce and ingredients.
Further, RBC Bank has stepped up with $10,000 to support the pilot project. It officially fired up on Wednesday, July 8 when students stepped back into the kitchens.
“This project really speaks to the tight-knit community of Okanagan College,” says Helen Jackman, Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation. “From the get-go, our Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts students, instructors and administrators knew they wanted to do something that would help people, and what better way to do so than to serve up healthy meals at a time when there is real need in our community. We’re so grateful to RBC, the OCSU and Sysco for stepping up to support the pilot.”
Okanagan College Supports Their Community
Okanagan College students are ready to help wherever they can. This pilot project boasts numerous benefits. From providing free, healthy food, to allowing students to continue learning while distancing, and fostering corporate engagement from RBC and Sysco. Okanagan College cares about its community; students helping students is always amazing to see.
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