Bergen County Technical Faculties Launches Recipe E book for Meals Pantries


This week, the Bergen County Technical Faculties launched a web site in partnership with the Bergen County Meals Safety Process Power that includes recipes and educational movies on methods to make inventive meals out of meals generally obtained within the bins supplied by meals pantries.


The web site options over 60 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. College students from culinary applications in all three technical faculties, Bergen Academies, Bergen Tech, and Paramus Tech participated to create a sturdy cookbook, which can be disseminated by means of the Meals Safety Process Power to their pantry community.


“I’m proud that our devoted college students on the Bergen County Technical Faculties in Paramus, Teterboro and Hackensack are working collectively on such an essential undertaking,” stated County Government James Tedesco. “The hands-on studying, and direct engagement with actual points is what makes our county faculties so particular, the place these college students have discovered methods to use their abilities to be a part of an answer.”


“The engagement of our County faculties to find options to meals insecurity is important to creating the subsequent era of advocates for this trigger,” stated Commissioner Vice Chairwoman Tracy Silna Zur. “Bergen County has seen a 71% improve in meals insecurity, totaling over 103,000 residents who have no idea from the place their subsequent meal is coming. Coupled with the huge unemployment charges, many households have been pressured to depend on pantry meals for weeks, and even months on finish, which means principally nonperishables and dry items.”


Meals pantries typically distribute objects corresponding to pasta, rice, canned fruit and veggies, and for some, frozen meats and fish. Though pasta is filling, with out inspiration, meals grow to be repetitive in a short time. These student-created recipes are impressed by varied totally different cuisines, using numerous flavors with the best components.


“Understanding what our neighborhood wants and the way we will help is such an essential side of studying in our faculties,” stated Superintendent of the Bergen County Technical Faculties Howard Lerner. “We’re honored to have interaction with the county meals insecurity initiatives to point out our college students the influence that their concepts and innovation can have.”


“After shifting to a digital setting because of COVID-19, we needed to utterly change our lesson plans for our culinary college students,” stated Chef Maria Arellano of Paramus Tech Excessive Faculty. “Taking part on this undertaking has allowed our culinary college students to be a part of an actual resolution to a present concern, whereas staying dwelling and socially distant.”


“The #FeedBergen undertaking engaged the scholars within the wants of our neighborhood whereas studying sensible functions about composing menus from pantry components whereas contemplating the dietary worth and vitamins” stated Bergen Academies Chef Mary Beth Brace. “Math, pc functions, and presentation expertise the place among the many talent units utilized, all whereas excited about our neighbors and the meals insecure inhabitants.”


“Studying that so a lot of my neighbors in Bergen County are combating meals insecurity was very eye-opening” stated Bergen Academies Scholar Caitlyn Park. “In creating recipes from the usual pantry field, I noticed that even such easy components is usually a base for all totally different sorts of meals from everywhere in the world.”


“When merely acquiring meals is a stressor in itself, determining what to do with that meals shouldn’t be an added burden.” stated Bergen Tech Excessive Faculty Chef Dominic Branda. “Through the use of these recipes, I hope those that are struggling are in a position to reimagine what their meals will be, and that there is usually a pleasure in cooking even utilizing the identical set of components.”


Recipes and video tutorials will be discovered at


The Bergen County Meals Safety Process Power formally launched in July 2020 in response to the unprecedented improve in meals insecurity in Bergen County after the onset of the pandemic. The Process Power collects information to higher perceive starvation in Bergen County and brings key stakeholders collectively to develop finest practices for meals distribution and infrastructure growth.

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