Day 4 of India Week: Disability Awareness Day + Campus Kitchens Cooking

Good morning campers! Our first activity this morning was to learn all about different disabilities, what it means to be disabled, and get to experience a few different scenarios of various disabilities and what people experiencing disabilities go through on a daily basis. We rotated between 4 stations exploring what it’s like to be in a wheel chair, wear hand splints, leg splints, and to have impaired vision. It was a hot morning outside but it was very educational. We even had a representative, Julie, come in from Paraquad and talk to the kids about what it’s like to be disabled, how you should treat those with a disability, and more specifically what it means to have cerebral palsy (what she has experienced from birth).

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From there we headed up to our food lab and learned a little about Campus Kitchens and exactly what they do. This organization started in Washington DC cooking food for the less fortunate and delivering it. They thought, “Where can we find a lot of industrial kitchens that can cook food in bulk in a short amount of time so we can help more people?” COLLEGE CAMPUSES!! So SLU became the first college involved in Campus Kitchens and in one of our residence halls, Reinert, we host this wonderful organization. The kids cooked meals for the less fortunate today and packaged them up to be delivered later in the day. Some of these people they cooked meals for would probably be experiencing their first meal of the day when eating their dinner Campus Kitchens will provide for them.

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Once all of the food was prepared, we headed out to tour SLU’s very own Campus Kitchen. We were greeted by Adam, who is an expert in everything Campus Kitchen related. He gave us a tour of the mass production kitchen which included a steamer, conduction oven, dishwasher line, food pantry, and campers even got to step inside of the giant freezer!!!

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After that cool off, we headed to the pool (or those more native to SLU like to call it SLUruba…palm trees and all 🙂 )
We had a blast playing in the sun but we can’t wait until tomorrow when we get to show off all of our cooking skills and get a taste of the delicious cuisine of India!!!

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