Hundreds of residents spent a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon on the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands at World Food Day. They attended workshops on peppers and pineapple, purchased local produce and plants and filled up on luscious local cuisine.
World Food Day brings attention to the plight of the hungry and undernourished in the territory and the world. It also provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the complex solutions required to reduce hunger.
The entrance fee for the 29th annual event was a donation of canned goods that went to My Brother’s Table soup kitchen in Frederiksted, the Light House mission, and Catholic Charities in Christiansted. “It is wonderful the way the local community supports efforts to feed the underprivileged,” Rev. Rodney Koopmans, director of MBT, said. “This donation helps since there are more and more in need and charitable efforts are shrinking.” Local students took part in the canned goods drive, filling a dozen grocery carts with nonperishable food items.
Around 36 junior high and senior high school students took part in the fourth annual World Food Day “Youth Super Chef Competition.”
The students had to prepare a four course meal using lamb, peppers and pineapple. Sarah Dahl, extension agent for 4H Youth Development, said the students aren’t judged solely on culinary skills and taste. “This is a positive youth development activity where students learn the nutritional merits of the products they use in the competition,” Dahl said. “They are also learning life skills, such as time management, planning and teamwork.”