The Starfish Café, a culinary arts training program spearheaded by Union Mission in collaboration with Savannah Technical College, recently partnered with BB&T to provide breakfast to children at the West Broad Street YMCA.
As part of BB&T’s Lighthouse Project, a company wide community service initiative, BB&T employees teamed up with Chef Paul Buck from The Starfish Café to serve more than 700 meals to students at West Broad Street YMCA over a six-day period. Each morning, the children were welcomed by Chef Paul and the BB&T volunteers to a hot breakfast that included grits, eggs, bacon, biscuits, pancakes, fruit, milk and juice.
“It was very important to BB&T and Starfish Café to choose a place that would really benefit from the money donated though BB&T’s Lighthouse Project,” said Chef Paul Buck, culinary arts program director at Starfish Café.
“We started with 70 students on the first morning and ended up serving 110 students as word-of-mouth spread. The children at West Broad Street YMCA are lovely, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the positive response from the community.”
Under the leadership of Chef Paul Buck, this landmark program at Starfish Café teaches culinary skills to homeless residents in need of job training. Located at 719 E. Broad St., the Starfish Café is open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. Catering is also available.
For more information about Starfish Café and the BB&T Lighthouse Project partnership, please contact Chef Paul Buck at Starfish Cafe at 912.790.8512 or Lu Quibodeaux at BB&T at 912.695.6636.