Teen chefs help serve 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Restaurant Association's ProStart TeenChefs are teaming up with the Salvation Army and Chartwell’s to make and serve 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need of a little help this holiday.

More than 40 teen students sliced and diced hundreds of potatoes, onions, celery, and carrots on Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for the meal.

One of the teen chefs, Jessie Wright, is in her third year with the ProStart program. She said it’s changed her life.

“I remember going to food banks when I grew up, so to be on the other side and help somebody else is incredible and I love it,” Wright said.

“They are learning about giving back, that we are all part of a bigger community, and this is an important part of their training,” said ProStart TeenChef President and CEO Melva Sine.

For more about the ProStart TeenChef program, click here.