Junior Class Cooks Homemade Meal for Homeless

Posted April 13, 2016 / Last updated April 13, 2016

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The junior class thanks Mr. Joey Labella for all his support in their endeavor.

The junior class came together as Men for Others to provide a home-cooked meal for 200 people at the Rebuild Center at St. Joseph Church just before Easter. This is the Class of 2017’s second community service project to help feed those in need this school year.

The new effort began when the Blue Jays realized they had money leftover from their project that provided Christmas dinners and groceries for 20 families last December. After some brainstorming, they came up with the idea to prepare a meal for those in need.

They brought the idea to the Rebuild Center that provides lunch to the homeless community served by its partner agency, the Harry Tompson Center. When the students asked the Rebuild Center’s director of meal services, Mrs. Kenitha Williams, for advice, she said that a meal of spaghetti and meat sauce would be a good value for the students to consider.

The students then turned to Mr. Joey Labella who owns Labella’s Catering. Mr. Labella helped the students choose a recipe and purchase ingredients. He also allowed them to use his kitchen to prepare and store the meal overnight.

With the plan in place, students went to Labella’s Catering after school on Wednesday, March 23, to cook. The following day—which was Holy Thursday and a holiday for students—Mr. Labella delivered the food to the Rebuild Center where the juniors served a full meal of spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, rolls, dessert, and water to a group of about 200 people.

The junior class puts the school's mission in to practice by becoming Men for Others.

The junior class serves at the Rebuild Center on March 24, 2016.

The junior class is extremely grateful for the assistance of Mr. Labella of Labella’s Catering, and Mrs. Williams and Jesuit volunteer Mr. Michael Lank at the Rebuild Center. Junior class guidance counselor Mrs. Mollie Roberts moderated the students in their endeavor.