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CCCCD Culinary Arts Students Make Halloween Treats for Homebound

CCCCD Culinary Arts Students Make Halloween Treats for Homebound

NOV. 8, 2001-Collin County Community College District culinary arts students baked and decorated more than 400 pumpkin-shaped cookies for homebound Collin County residents for Halloween. The handmade sugar cookies were delivered for distribution to Meals on Wheels, part of the Collin County Committee on Aging.

According to Mary Headrick, food service manager of the Collin County Committee on Aging, the number of people needing assistance is growing and the need is always there though the funding is not always there.

"This is sometimes a forgotten generation, and we are kind of their extended family. Many times the person that brings the meals is the only person these people see that day. The cookies cheered them up, and several said it had been a long time since they had been trick-or-treating. They said they could not believe that someone they did not know took the time to do something for them," said Headrick.

According to Headrick, Meals on Wheels serves more than 400 homebound and Collin County seniors in senior centers daily. These individuals are nutritionally at risk because they have difficulty shopping and cooking for themselves.

Students in the college's Fundamentals of Baking class made and packaged the seasonal confections. Under the direction of culinary arts professor Jaime Wallace, students Chris Blake, Rhonda Grigg and Chunping (Connie) Wang (Allen), Tony Davidson (Frisco), Richard Boss (Lucas), Lauren Counts (Plano) and Amissa Metcalf (Wylie) created the Halloween treats.

For more information about CCCCD's culinary arts program, call Karen Musa, CCCCD hotel/restaurant management coordinator, at 972.377.1672. For more information or to volunteer at Meals on Wheels, call Ann Warfield at 972.562.6996, ext. 25.