Culinary interns create healthy meals while feeding families in need

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant is known for her healthy and hearty meals.

“Today we’re making enchiladas in the tomatillo sauce, with spinach, roasted zucchini, red pepper and red rice that’s going with that,” she said.

It’s this type of meal Chef Shanita says anyone should have access to.

“Access to good quality food is not a luxury item,” McAfee-Bryant said. “It is a basic necessity.”

It’s the reason why she’s partnering up with Nourish KC, who’s seen firsthand how many people lack that access.

“In 2019, we were feeding about 500 families a day, 2,500 a week,” Nourish KC Executive Director, Sue Fenske said. “Those numbers are above 3,000 a week now, inching up towards 3,500.”

Fenske said the number of children who are coming to get a meal has increased by 30 percent since January.

The hands that prepare the food are children themselves, teenagers

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