SFCC and World Central Kitchen served more than 50,000 meals
Having served more than 50,000 free, fresh meals to area communities, the college and World Central Kitchen concluded its food distribution initiative on Friday, June 26. World Central Kitchen, led by world famous chef and humanitarian Chef José Andrés, partnered with the college to help feed community members experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. After 10 weeks and as businesses and restaurants have begun to reopen, the partners determined it was an appropriate moment to conclude operations. The initiative was supported by SFCC Foundation.
SFCC will forever be grateful to World Central Kitchen for their collaboration with the college and to Lead Culinary Faculty Chef Jerry Dakan, Chef Brian Earle, the culinary faculty, alumni, students and dozens of SFCC volunteers who joined forces with local celebrity chefs. In addition to the college’s drive-up pickups, thousands of meals prepared at SFCC were also delivered in rural communities within Santa Fe County. Many of the meals included fresh vegetables from the Controlled Environment Agriculture greenhouse.
A special shout out to thank SFCC nursing students who did screening onsite everyday of the operation. Sincere gratitude to Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., and Dean Jenny Landen for all of their coordination efforts. Also, this operation could not have succeeded without the dozens of SFCC volunteers who helped with food distribution.
“The 50,000-meal mark is a milestone, but our Foundation work is not done. The long-term economic ramifications of COVID-19 are not fully known, and food insecurity will continue to be an issue,” said Carmen Gonzales, Ph.D., SFCC Foundation board president. “We are grateful to the community for its ongoing support as we turn to our next goal, ensuring SFCC students can concentrate on their studies in the new academic year without suffering from hunger or worrying where their next meal will come from.” Gifts to support students can be made to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.
There are so many to acknowledge! Read what Chef Andrés, President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., Mayor Alan Webber and Robert Egger had to say here.
Photo: SFCC, World Central Kitchen celebrates serving more than 50,000 free, fresh meals to the community. From left: SFCC Chef-Instructor Chloe Friedman, SFCC Culinary Arts Lead Instructor Chef Jerry Dakan, SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, SFCC Foundation Board President Carmen Gonzales, Ph.D., Robert Egger, World Central Kitchen Board Member and City of Santa Fe Food Security Liaison.