At the Campus Kitchen at Atlantic City (CKAtlC), college and high school students work side by side to prepare up to 700 meals each week for their clients. As of this week, they have some new companions in the kitchen: Chefs With a Mission.
Chefs With a Mission is a group of Atlantic City-area chefs and others who work together to improve the quality and quantity of food served to poor and homeless people in the United States. After volunteering with area homeless shelters, the founders of Chefs With a Mission saw a critical need to increase the nutritional value of meals being served and created their group to tackle the issue.
CKAtlC has always focused on fresh food and engaging professionals in the kitchen, through their longstanding partnership with the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Now, Chefs With a Mission provides a host of chefs to work with CKAtlC students in small groups, which allows for more in-depth culinary lessons and efficient shifts.
Not only do the chefs work with students to cook healthy meals, they participate in food procurement as well. Each Monday morning, CKAtlC students pick up the fresh ingredients they will use to create meals that evening from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The professional chefs come along to assist the students in their choices and plan meals as they go. By that evening, the chefs already know what they will make with the ingredients they have to work with, and everyone gets cooking.
By partnering with Chefs With a Mission, the students with CKAtlC are having a greater – healthier – impact on their community.
Read more about the new partnership between CKAtlC and Chefs With a Mission in this recent Press of Atlantic City article.