Cooking with Gas
February 1, 2021, LOS ANGELES, CA- The CulinArt dining services staff at Brentwood School in Los Angeles produces approximately 1,000 lunches and dinners a week for a local Meals on Wheels chapter, which provides the meals to the elderly and others who are confined to their homes. They are also preparing 1,000 more meals a week for veterans sheltering in place on a local VA campus. “Our school’s kitchen staff is currently a tiny crew led by Jennifer and David Mendez,” says Gennifer Yoshimaru, assistant head of school, “but they are ‘cooking with gas,’ figuratively and literally. Their daily efforts on behalf of our school to bring healthy and delicious sustenance to those who cannot provide it for themselves make a significant difference.
Jennifer Minichiello, CEC, CulinArt’s director of dining services at Brentwood, says the effort supports a partnership between Brentwood School, the West Los Angeles VA Hospital, and the West LA Meals on Wheels. “Meals on Wheels helps us by delivering lunches to veterans, for which the school pays for the food and labor,” she says. “We currently drop off lunch and dinner Monday through Friday for homeless vets sleeping in tents on VA property. We also deliver dinners four nights a week for veterans who park in the overnight lot.”
This article is an excerpt from Compass Group’s “Our Story 2020” Corporate Social Responsibility report. Click here to view the CSR full report.