Feeding the needy

Mikaela, Jasmine and Emma decided on a pasta bake for their fresh food parcel. Photo: Therese Henkin

At least two dozen meals will be going to feed hungry families this week thanks to a group of students at Somerville Intermediate.

Twenty five kids have spent the last week designing, planning and creating much needed fresh food parcels as part of their STEAM project. The STEAM project is about doing something good for the community, while also incorporating the use of science, technology, engineering art and maths.

Each student involved opted into this project by choice because they wanted to do something meaningful for the community.

One of the students, Molly, says: “We had to think about which meals would make the greatest difference to the people who will be eating them so we came up with meals that would last the longest, feed the most people and be the most filling.”

The students found recipes and ingredients that would make a meal to feed a family of four for under $15.

They had to ensure the meal included protein, carbohydrates and vegetables.
They held a practice run on Tuesday so the students could familiarise themselves with the recipes, and have the dishes taste tested by a teacher of their choice.

Today the proud students get to hand over their fresh food parcels to the South Auckland branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society – a charity which looks after those in need in our community.

Teacher Debbie Thorpe who led the students says this project has really opened up the students eyes to the simple things they can do to help other people.