SHS Students Host Annual Charity Soup Lunch To Benefit The Community


Faculty, staff, and students at Schaumburg High School participated in a student-facilitated event dedicated to helping their community combat hunger.

The Schaumburg High School Chemistry of Foods and Advanced Baking & Pastry classes recently hosted the 13th Annual Charity Soup Lunch to benefit the SHS Blessings in a Backpack project and the SHS Magic Closet.

Attendees were asked to donate food items or gift cards, in exchange for a bottomless soup, bread and pastry lunch. The donations benefitted the “Blessings in a Backpack” project or gift cards for clothing and household necessities were donated to the SHS Magic Closet.

Soup selections included Cream of Chicken w/ Wild Rice, French Onion, Creamy Mushroom, White Bean Minestrone, Tuscan Sausage & Potato, Split Pea, Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper, New England clam chowder, Broccoli Cheese, Chipotle Sweet Potato, Thai Coconut Chicken and Turkey Tortilla. There were also trays of fresh baked dinner rolls, pretzel rolls, zucchini and focaccia breads, cookies, lemon, chocolate caramel & cheesecake bars, pumpkin squares, and brownies. Drink selections included iced tea, lemonade, and coffee.

In the past 11 years thousands of items have been donated to Toys-4-Tots (pre- 2009), the Elgin Community Crisis Center (pre-2013), Blessings in a Backpack and the Magic Closet. More than 225 guests have attended the event in each of the last nine years.

Because of the size of the event and the amount of food to be prepared, the Fashion classes are challenged with the task each year to transform the classrooms into a “Winter Wonderland.” Additionally, for the past eight years, the Department of Agriculture has awarded the event a grant that pays for about half 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 the food chain. Flyers will were displayed to lunch-goers on how they can get involved in the “small food” movement.

While students handled the event, the teachers overseeing the event included Kerry Frost (FCS), Michele Hensley (Science), Emily Wydra (FCS), Fashion teacher Mary O’Connor (FCS) and all FCS department members and teaching assistants at SHS. Additional, technology help was handled by the SHS Tech department and Instructional Coach, Alina Morelli. Set-up by the maintenance crew also allowed the event to run smoothly.