Cooking For the Community club prepares dinner for Alexandria House

Photo courtesy of Pamela Wright

At the beginning of the year, co-presidents and founders of the Cooking for the Community club, Dani ’18 and Emily ’18 worked closely with Community Outreach Head Pamela Wright to add a service component to their club by pairing with different organizations throughout the year.

This year the Cooking club will provide meals to Alexandria House, a transitional shelter that serves single women and women with children; Covenant House, a shelter that serves homeless youth in the Los Angeles area, and the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), which provides permanent housing to single homeless women.

According to Dani, the most successful event was the one held at Alexandria House where the club members went after school to prepare dinner for and eat with the women and children living at the shelter.

Club member Bridget ’18  said the Alexandria House dinner allowed Marlborough students to connect with those they were serving.

“I really enjoyed being able to talk to the people [at Alexandria House]. It didn’t feel like service, it just felt like we were making a meal,” Bridget said.

Dani commented that the more successful meals were also the most difficult to put together logistically because many of the organizations were only open during school hours. Looking forward, Saraf said she hopes to work with Wright in the future to organize a service-related field trip during the school day.