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Students create culinary delights for good cause

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Desserts created by Southwest Career and Technical Academy students on Tuesday, Feb. 24. (FOX5) Desserts created by Southwest Career and Technical Academy students on Tuesday, Feb. 24. (FOX5)
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Some students served meals Tuesday, all so that others can have a meal. The Southwest Career and Technical Academy teamed up with Three Square Food Bank to make it all possible.

"It was chaotic. It was scary; however, it was all worth it,” said Southwest Career and Technical Academy senior Carlos Corrales.

Corrales has been busy since November planning for the Inspire Gala.

"Students started the event, planned the event, cooked for the event, performed for the event," Corrales said.

He and other students from the hospitality program chose to help Three Square Food Bank as their capstone project after volunteering with the organization.

"We actually got to see some of their projects like the backpack project, and it really hit us hard that we want to make that change in our community," Corrales said.

The students served salad, filet mignon and dessert for $150 per plate. They're hoping to raise $10,000.

That money would provide about 30,000 meals to those in need.

"Ninety-three cents for every dollar contributed to Three Square goes directly to our food programs, and again every dollar allows us to provide three meals," said Matthew Hirsch with Three Square.

Hirsch said more than 300,000 people in Southern Nevada are at risk for hunger. He said more than half of these students' classmates across the district are in that category.

"And that number is somewhere around 180 to 185,000 students that struggle with hunger, so that's a big number; 58 percent of our students in school are qualified for the free and reduced lunch program,: Hirsch said.

Hirsch said it's fundraisers like this that will help reach their goal to end hunger.

"Together we can feed everyone and that's our motto, that's our tag line, and that's been our experience in this community," Hirsch said.

The students are also looking to volunteer 500 hours to the food bank and collect 500 pounds of food to donate. They will be having a food drive next month and have already volunteered 300 hours

Three Square delivered 34 million pounds of food last year.

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