Year 10 food tech students at Murrumbidgee Regional High School were put to the test when the school partnered with Carevan to bring food to the hungry around Griffith.
The students, watched over by teachers Rebecca Chapman and Mary Casey, volunteered their time to cook up a chili con carne for Carevan, using donated produce.
The chili was chosen due to the ease of incorporating a wide array of vegetables into the dish, as well as chili being a good choice to feed a large number of people on a budget.
That was key, as the students prepared around 120 meals over the evening, providing hot, tasty and nutritious meals to anyone struggling.
Mrs Casey said "It's an inexpensive dish and it's also really healthy. A lot of the people eating at Carevan are children so we have to make sure we don't lean too heavily on the chili. Lot of vegetables, not as much chili."
She explained that the Carevan volunteering was a continued highlight of the food tech classes.
"It's wonderful, it's always wonderful. The kids are all awesome, and they're really happy to volunteer and contribute ... We always write a note with it that says we made it with love, and that's always true. We love doing it."
"It really improves their skills in catering for large numbers, they often don't realise the prep involved. It's also really good for community engagement and getting involved."
Food Tech student Lyndzi Cornale said "The Carevan really is a fantastic institution and we're happy to be a part of it."
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