Serving the Community

Manna-smallThroughout the year, students from The Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Montgomery County Community College use their skills to serve people in the community.  

6abc Action News recently captured our students in action when they were preparing meals at Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, as part of the Third Annual Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive.

CAI students Can Usla, Kathryn Trout and Erica Cooper, under the direction of Chef Ben Vozzo, joined the staff of Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board (VFTCB), the Montgomery County Commissioners and Manna on Main Street employees in Manna’s kitchen.

As part of the food drive, the VFTCB collaborated with Manna on Main Street, one of the organizations served by the MontCo Anti-Hunger Network. Manna is a combination soup kitchen and food pantry. It also provides financial aid, counseling and referrals, educational opportunities and free food service training for economically disadvantaged members of the community.

The food drive started in honor of Pope Francis’s visit in 2015, when he stayed in Montgomery County, and continues to support the community through food and monetary donations.