Stevens-Henager College class feeds Meridian students

broberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 26, 2013 

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Anthony Napier, who has been in real estate for 27 years, is studying business management at Stevens-Henager College. But on Friday, he was spooning up food for high schoolers, helped by Lyndsey Petersen, part owner of Mythical Munchies.


Logan Starr, 14, got away from his house Friday morning without getting breakfast.

He did have a Pop Tart stuffed in his binder, but when he got to Mountain View High School, he discovered a surprise: A group of students from Stevens-Henager College in Boise were giving away biscuits with sausage and gravy.

“I think that’s cool,” Starr said. “Free food.”

Stevens-Henager students were handing out breakfast as part of a project-management class that called for them to do a community project. They decided to focus on student nutrition and asked the district for permission to give away food at the school.

Meridian School District food services officials were wondering how a grab-and-go breakfast from a food truck would go in the pre-dawn minutes before school with teens notorious for skipping breakfast.

“(They are) focused on other things,” said David Banks, a member of the project team.

Not on Friday. More than 220 students showed up to get a biscuit and some milk or orange juice, more than double the number who got breakfast in the school cafeteria Friday.

“It definitely give me some thoughts and some information as to how we can better serve students to get them ready to learn,” said Jean Dean, Meridian School District nutrition service supervisor. But she’s not sure yet if it was the food, the venue or the price that attracted the Friday crowd.

Anthony Napier was one of five students in a team from the project management class. The class members planned the event, got the food, did the cooking (Napier was behind a stove at 3 a.m.) and made arrangements for use of the Mythical Munchies food truck, owned by his nephew, Tony Napier.

The goal, he said: “Learn to do a project from top to bottom.”

Bill Roberts 377-6408, Twitter: @IDS_BillRoberts

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