(PDF with link to photos) May 15, 2018 – The Chesapeake Culinary Center, assisted by Caroline Career and Technology Center (CCTC) Culinary Arts students, teamed up to feed approximately 850 Police Unity Tour bicycle riders coming through Denton. The Denton firehall and truck bays were set up with enough seating for all riders and their support teams, along with three buffets lines serving a hot lunch of pasta, meatballs, salad, and side dishes.
This is the fifth year that the culinary center and students have provided lunch. According to Chef Samantha Figueroa, food service operations manager for Caroline County Public Schools, every year the number of riders grows, and the operation and process gets smoother.
She stated, “This is such a collaborative effort between the Chesapeake Culinary Center, CCTC Culinary Arts students, the Town of Denton, the law enforcement agencies, and the Denton Volunteer Fire Company. It’s a terrific experience for our kids, and a great opportunity to learn mass production, which they won’t get in a classroom setting. It’s also such a good cause, so we are really happy to be supporting it.”
The Police Unity Tour was organized in 1997 to bring public awareness of police officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. It began with 18 riders on a four-day fundraising bicycle ride and has grown into nine chapters consisting of nearly 2500 members nationwide who make the trip annually. In 2017, the tour was able to donate 2.6 million dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing total donations since 1997 to almost 23 million dollars.
Photos of the event are available on the Caroline County Public Schools Flickr page.