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ROP Culinary Arts Feeds Hungry Souls

Victor Valley Union High School District

The ROP Culinary Arts program at Victor Valley High School combines career technical training with service to the community. Over the past three years, a partnership has been developed with our local Rescue Mission.

With the generous donations provided by local grocery stores and food banks, ROP students experience hands-on training and touch the lives of those in need. Students work to prepare two hot meals and one box lunch every week while school is in session feeding over 1,200 hungry souls each month.

Students have been privileged to prepare a Thanksgiving Feast for the last two years, having served nearly 1,500 people in 2013. This is the highlight of the year. We make over a 100 turkeys, 500 pounds of potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, homemade gravy, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.

During the fall break, students voluntarily spend a day at the Rescue Mission sorting thousands of pounds of food to create gift baskets for people in need. The remainder of the week is full of preparations for the big Thanksgiving feast.
This has been such a positive experience for everyone involved and gives students wonderful hands-on training. Most importantly, the event allows students to view their own lives with greater appreciation and fosters compassion and understanding for those less fortunate.

We are currently in the beginning stages of preparing for our third annual Thanksgiving Feast scheduled for Nov. 25 from 12 to 3 p.m.

You are all invited to come out and support this great event!