This class project should give Casper College students a warm feeling and a hot, nutritious drink for more than 650 Natrona County elementary students during their spring break.
Casper College students, college staff and volunteers took turns earlier this month in an assembly line putting together a shelf-stable cocoa mix recipe from the University of Wyoming Extension Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) cookbook.
The Casper nonprofit Wyoming Food for Thought (WFFT) is to deliver the bags to various Natrona County Title 1 schools before the district’s spring break (March 28-April 1). Someone at each school (not all schools participate) decides how many students need food bags and lets WFFT know the number. Bags will be anonymously stowed in elementary students’ backpacks by school personnel while students are away at lunch.
Volunteers scooped cocoa, sugar and, most important, instant milk into large, clear plastic containers from which the mix was bagged.
Cocoa is not a usual food bag item WFFT provides during its weekly Friday deliveries to schools, but CNP educators identified calcium as a vital ingredient missing in the Friday food bags, so a mix was made with instant milk.