Last week, in preparation for a new food initative, Mayor Carlo DeMaria met with students from the Culinary Arts Program at Everett High School as they ramped up efforts to begin serving food for the Senior Lunch Program at the Connolly Center.
Beginning on Monday, Sept. 23, students and others started preparing food for the Senior Lunch Program.
“I am truly excited about this wonderful program,” said the mayor. “By combining our resources, we are able to provide excellent meals for our seniors, while also providing our students and adults with valuable skills for the future. I want to thank Reverend Mimi, Pastor Paul Daniel and everyone else involved for their efforts to help make this cost effective, creative program possible.”
The culinary art students will be joined by NECAT (New England Culinary Arts Training), which runs its adult evening program at EHS. NECAT students will assist by prepping elements of the weekly menu during its evening classes.
“Our students will put their new skills to the test immediately, support Everett High School’s culinary program and contribute to a very worthwhile community initiative,” said NECAT Executive Director Joey Cuzzi. “It’s a win all around and we are happy to be of value to the city and school that has helped make NECAT-Everett a success.”
The meals will be prepared with food donated by the Greater Boston Food Bank and served to elderly residents at the Connolly Center Monday through Friday as part of the Senior Lunch Program. The North Shore Evangelical Church sponsored the City of Everett, using its non-profit status, to make this program possible.
“This is a true community effort to assist our seniors. I am so proud of our kids who will gain valuable life skills to become well-rounded, responsible, and caring adults,” said Interim Supt. Janice Gauthier. “I want to thank Carolynn Parmenter for taking on a leadership role in this hands-on program.”
For more information regarding the Senior Lunch Program, please contact Joanne LaMonica. You can reach her by phone at 617-544-6028 (office), 617-394-2391 (kitchen) or by email at [email protected]