Schaumburg High School Chemistry of Foods and P.I.E. Students Prep for Annual Charity Soup Lunch

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Guests line up during last year's soup lunch to try various homemade soups. Some already knew their favorite, while others saved room to try as many as possible.

Guests line up during last year’s soup lunch to try various homemade soups. Some already knew their favorite, while others saved room to try as many as possible.

Students in Schaumburg High School’s Chemistry of Foods and Practices in Entrepreneurship (P.I.E.) are preparing for the 10th Annual Charity Soup Lunch.

The soup lunch will take place on Dec. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Attendees are asked to donate five or more “approved,” non-perishable food donations for the Blessings in a Backpack project or a gift card for clothing/household necessities to be donated to the SHS Magic Closet will be collected in exchange for a bottomless soup.

Selections include Cream of Chicken w/ Wild Rice, French Onion, Creamy Mushroom, Pasta e Fagioli, Loaded Potato, Split Pea, Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper, New England clam chowder, Spinach Tortellini and Turkey Tortilla.  There will also be trays of fresh baked dinner rolls, zucchini, focaccia and Italian breads, cookies, lemon bars and brownies.  Drink selections include iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

In the past nine years, approximately 2,300 items have been donated to Toys-4-Tots (pre- 2009), Elgin Community Crisis Center (pre-2013) and the Magic Closet.  More than 200 guests have attended the event in each of the last six years. The size of the event and the amount of food to be prepared allows students in Fashion classes to challenge themselves with the task to transform the classrooms into a “Winter Wonderland.”

For the past 5 years, the Department of Agriculture has awarded the event a grant that pays for a large majority of food ingredients purchased. In exchange, students in the Chemistry of Foods classes participate in a unit on small farming and sustainability, as well as study food safety throughout our food chain.  Flyers and handouts will be provided to lunch-goers on how they can get involved in the “small food” movement.

The Charity Soup Lunch is made possible through the Chemistry of Foods class, P.I.E Class, Fashion classes, FCCLA fashion and culinary chapters, teachers, Kerry Frost (FCS), Michele Hensley (Science), Emily Wydra (FCS) and Joe Carey (Business), FCCLA sponsor and Fashion teacher, Linda Serafini (FCS) and all other FCS department members at SHS.

For more information, please contact Kerry Frost at .