Salvation Army culinary students get cooking for fire victims

Salvation Army culinary students get cooking for fire victims

Hearing about a fire on the news is a lot different than experiencing the aftermath first hand. Culinary students in the Salvation Army program jumped at the chance to help those that were affected by California wildfires. It was an amazing achievement especially under the circumstances. First off, they were only in the cooking program for two months, second, they had to use only what foods were donated, and third, design menus to be prepared and served from a tiny mobile kitchen.

Beyond feeding hundreds of people affected by the devastating fires, they fed spirits.


Salvation Army culinary students help feed people displaced by Butte, Valley fires

By: Kyla Cathey

Driving through areas destroyed by the Butte Fire to deliver meals to evacuees and firefighters meant traveling along narrow mountain roads, sometimes with embers still burning alongside them, Prince Gallop said.

Smoke was everywhere, turning the sun red overhead and stinging eyes and noses.

 “It looked like a different planet,” he said. “It didn’t look like we were on Earth anymore.”

“It looked like we were on Mars,” Gabe Lozada said.

Gallop and Lozada, along with Christopher Hoke and Ronald Duran, are students in the culinary arts program offered at the Salvation Army Hope Harbor shelter in Lodi.

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