When Chef Alex Smith agreed to become the volunteer head chef at Feed’em Soup Community Project he had no idea that his kitchen staff would consist of more 6 year olds than he can count on two hands. Chef Alex and a new set of volunteers from various groups around the community, including scout troops and youth groups gather at Feed’em Soup Head Quarters on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesday every month. The groups participate with Chef Alex and Feed’em Soup in a new program offered by the community project that allows volunteers the ability to bake desserts and other items to be offered at the projects community meal the following evening.
“We’ve been inundated with volunteer requests by scout groups, youth groups and other children’s programs” Volunteer Coordinator Derek Gibbs said. “We wanted to create a way for anyone, regardless of age, to be able to give back through our project.”
The Feed’em Soup staff believes that cooking in the kitchen is a very rewarding experience for all volunteers, but with the staff now providing meals for over 200 people the kitchen on meal days often becomes a busy environment not suitable for children. Thus, “Baking With Chef Alex” was born.
The program is ideal for groups of 12 participants or less with additional adult supervisors. While this program was created with kids in mind, Chef Alex invites fraternities, sororities, families and Seniors groups to participate. More advanced groups can work on more advanced projects like candies or homemade frosting. In addition, the program isn’t only limited to dessert, Foccacia bread, pizza dough and other savory baking projects are possibilities. Groups or families interested in participating can register through Feed’em Soups website at www.FeedEmSoup.org.