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CCP and Upper Room Dining Hall Begin New Meal Pilot Program for Students and Families

14:05 PM - January 11, 2023

“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what the culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together.” -Guy Fieri

El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter College and Career Prep (CCP) have recently launched a new prepared meal pilot program partnership with Upper Room Dining Hall. The food program represents how to create effective social change within the community. Allowing students and families to have a prepared meal that is well balanced, prepared with care, and easily accessible through the CCP campus.

Upper Room Dining Hall Operations Director, Karen Stinson, shares the impact of this new partnership, “We are so grateful to be a part of this important program! Food insecurity is an issue for many students in our community, and this partnership allows us the opportunity to help bridge that gap and offer a healthy, easily accessible meal.”

Food access and the ability to prepare a meal can be a challenge for students and families, especially with the drastic economic fluctuations that have occurred in the last couple of years. Societal issues have a direct impact on how a student can perform in school. Thus, such a program is critical in the further support and development of students at CCP. A reassurance that basic needs is continually being met allows students the ability to focus on completing their high school career.

The partnership with Upper Room Dining Hall demonstrates the need for community organizations to be involved in the education network. This also indicates that supporting students’ success comes not only from support inside the classroom but also outside.

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