LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Students in Jefferson County have been working to ensure more than 70 Louisville families will have a Thanksgiving meal.
Western High School senior Daniya Brown diced onions as her culinary arts class prepared dozens of containers of green beans with peppered bacon and sweet potatoes coated in a sauce with nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon.
"I feel like this is a good deed because some people don’t have enough money to do this and I feel like everybody should take care of each other and help out," she said.
Iroquois High school students also prepared side dishes for the families.
Chef Jon Vernak leads the intro class at Western, which covers safety, sanitation and cooking procedures.
This summer, The LEE Initiative announced that both Western and Iroquois high schools would receive $10,000 in food credits as part of a partnership with the McAtee Community and Training Kitchen, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and restaurant wholesaler What Chefs Want.
"It’s been amazing," said Vernak. "We get to try some different foods that we haven’t tried before while also giving back because we are part of the hospitality industry and it’s awesome to be able to give back."
The meal kits required a sign up for pickup Tuesday night and included a turkey to cook at home.