Young Chefs, With Lots of Help, Serve Pottstown Meal

Operating the dishwasher was no mystery to this Pottstown 6th grader (at top) and her colleagues, who helped clean hundreds of plates, pots and pans

POTTSTOWN PA – A group of Pottstown Middle School students, assisted by officers from the borough Police Department and additional volunteers helped serve a community meal Thursday (Jan. 9, 2020) at First Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans St., and likely learned a bit more about themselves, the human side of law enforcement, and the value of giving to others.

Young Chefs, With Lots of Help, Serve Pottstown Meal

Pottstown Middle School students and borough police receive thanks Thursday in preparing the meal

The five students participated in this year’s first session of the “Create With A Cop” program sponsored by the Pottstown Farm and Artisan Regional Market (FARM). They and the police involved met earlier to plan a menu, and on Thursday afternoon gathered in the church kitchen to prepare the weekly meal and serve it up with a smile to hungry visitors.

The students, understanding potential needs of their guests, also collected socks and toiletry items that they made available to anyone who wanted or needed them. The group stayed behind, once the meal was complete, to help clean up the hundreds of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils used in the process.

Pottstown FARM Director Sheila Dugan explains the organization introduced its successful Create With A Cop initiative last fall over a seven-week period, with support from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, ARTFusion 19464, and Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches LLC.

The program’s primary purpose is to show students how to produce and cook healthy meals, and sustain healthy habits, in a city-like environment. But its added benefits showed Thursday in the smiling faces of officers and students who worked side-by-side from start to finish, and in the appreciation demonstrated by those who came to dine.

Young Chefs, With Lots of Help, Serve Pottstown Meal

The event ended with a presentation of a gift to the students (above) from Pottstown FARM; each received a certificate of accomplishment, and a kit of chef’s tools.

Photos by Fred Remelius for Pottstown FARM