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Norwalk Community College Students, Staff Take On Pantry Chopped Challenge

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Body text: NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Community College will be holding its second annual “Pantry Chopped Challenge” on Thursday, April 7, in which talented faculty, staff and students put it all on the line in a fun and entertaining culinary competition.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Dining Room on the West Campus.

One faculty member, one staff member and one student will compete against each other in an event to produce a winning culinary creation. Like the famous show, each competitor will receive a mystery basket of food pantry items and access to additional items they can include, as desired. While competitors work in the kitchen on their creations, an audience will be watching them in action via live stream in an adjacent dining room.

The event is sponsored by The Pantry @NCC, the Culinary Arts Program and Service Learning, with contributions from Wustoff-Trident USA and NCC’s Baker Library.

NCC has a food pantry because food insecurity has become an issue on college and university campuses across the country. Research has shown that the rates of food-insecure community college students exceeds the national average, which can impact GPA, energy levels and concentration.

Obtaining an adequate food supply is often a major component of the financial stress that students bear. Available community resources may be difficult to access and sometimes community food resources can’t accommodate students due to eligibility restrictions.

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