GR_worcesterstymposium2Grafton Job Corps Center Culinary students collaborated with the City of Worcester Division of Youth Opportunities from June 24 through June 28 to provide 5,000 meals by the end of the week.

The Division of Youth Opportunities and all of its partners (Worcester Community Action Council, Worcester Public Schools, The State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment, Mass Hire (formally known as the Workforce Investment Board) and the YouthConnect Coalition) needed the assistance for the Worcester Youth Development Professional Leadership Symposium lunch. Grafton students prepared more than 500 sandwiches for the participants, trainers and staff morning snack and lunch, consisting of all hand cut ingredients and pure passion.

Some students went above and beyond and volunteered their time to assist Culinary Arts Instructor Matthew Diomandes in producing, packaging and delivering the first meals of the week. Students Fatima Suarez, Dayandra Suarez, Elli Tzarbias, Gianna Odlum and Angelo Hicks Jr. were the first to step up and make this event their own, but these students weren’t alone. It was a full team approach, utilizing all current and recent culinary graduates to make this a huge success. Kudos to the Culinary students for learning to plan and cater large events and doing so with high satisfaction of customer service.

Great job to the Culinary Arts students for a successful production of the most food ever prepared in the new Culinary Arts Café.