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Sandwich Spree Earns Rave Reviews


ciapbjCIA students made thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for distribution to soup kitchens and food pantries in the Hudson Valley. Among those enjoying the opportunity to help the community are (from left) Food Business Management majors Nicole Cabral and Marikya Paige and Culinary Arts majors Gokul Kumar Mohit Kripashankar and Rasmika Bhatia. (Photo courtesy of CIA/Meka Harris)Although students at The Culinary Institute of America are typically known for preparing gourmet food, it was their preparation of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that drew four-star reviews in New York. Several CIA resident assistants, working with college staff, organized more than 100 students to make and deliver peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for soup kitchens and food pantries in the Hudson Valley. 

Assembly-line tables were set up in The Egg, the student dining venue on the college’s Hyde Park campus — and in just one hour, the students and RAs (resident assistants) had made and wrapped almost 4,000 sandwiches. By Monday morning, all those PB&Js were divided up and driven to eight charitable organizations in nearby Poughkeepsie and Kingston, N.Y.

“Each day we have hundreds, if not thousands, of community members who are in need of food, for one reason or another,” says Dr. James Manley, associate dean for campus life and student development at the CIA. “This brings our students together in a fun activity that helps them connect with one another while also helping to serve a need in our area.”

This is the second year the CIA’s Residence Life staff spearheaded the peanut-butter-and-jelly-making evening for charity. Last year, 3,000 sandwiches were produced and delivered to The Bowery Mission in lower Manhattan.