On Thursday, February 22nd Crenshaw partnered with special guests Vegan Outreach to educate faculty, students and parent about healthy eating and vegan meal options. Founded in 1993, Vegan Outreach is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to end violence towards animals. They plan community food sampling events, guided vegan grocery shopping tours and humane education for different middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.
Vegan enthusiast Chef Corby, discussed with the stakeholders the importance of using organic, natural ingredients, growing your own food in a garden if possible, and how you can spiritually connect to the earth through gardening. They provided vegan tacos using jackfruit in place of meat, lentils and coconut flour tortillas. He also made a cashew based sour cream, a vegan hot sauce and used arugula.
Approximately 50 students, staff members and parents attended this workshop and had an opportunity to sample vegan tacos and other meal items. There was a lot of positive feedback, and students such as student Alejandra M. said “The food was very flavorful, and I am surprised that I really enjoyed it”. Teacher F. Hardridge said, “I guess I won’t be so closed minded when it comes to vegan options because this is actually very tasteful”. One parent, Ms. S. Smith said, “I don’t think I would have every given something like this a try because I don’t have money or food for my kids to waste, but look…they’re loving it. Maybe I can try to incorporate a dish or two into my dinner rotations for the week and see how it goes.”
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