To combat the food insecurity experienced by many of our Dream Camp families, we teamed up Emmy award winning chef and host of a cooking show on Tastemade.com, Chef Frankie Celenza and a third generation suburban Philadelphia family owned specialty food purveyor to introduce the Dream Camp Relief Meals Initiative.
Unlike other food programs across the country where people had to wait in long lines for a random assortment of available ingredients, at Dream Camp teamed up with Chef Frankie, who developed a weekly meal plan and coupled it with culinary skills videos (ie. show & tell concept) for each recipe.
After contacting over 10 national and medium size food purveyors in Philadelphia and Hartford who could not promise to collaborate with us the way we requested, Carlino’s Market, in Ardmore and West Chester, PA assembled the weekly Dream Meals care packages. The packages included all the proteins, vegetables and spices needed to create five different delicious dinners each week. Dream Camp team members picked up the meals from Carlino’s on Thursday’s and delivered the meals along with print-outs of the recipes (in English and Spanish) with links to Chef Frankie’s videos which demonstrated how to cook each meal.
Families were so engaged with this program and sent pictures of the great feasts they created and the new culinary skills they acquired. We’ve even had a “Dream Meals Virtual Cook-Off” and offered prizes for the winning families who created a meal together.
This program was an overwhelming success and was far superior to any other food program out there. Dream Camp delivered the meals directly to family’s homes and taught the families how to cook the meals, work together and eat healthy during this unsettling moment in history.