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Students in Greening Project Eat Healthy

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Scott Louis and his high school friends learned about nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals at home from Adam Moore and Zach Hovan, chefs at Bunge, a global food company based in White Plains.

Louis, 15, knows something about eating healthy as one of 12 members of the White Plains Youth Bureau's Greening Project, which began more than 30 years ago. The White Plains High School students maintain multiple gardens in the city, including one at Baldwin Farms on Hall Avenue. The harvests are donated to the Thomas H. Slater Center, Louis said.

"The Greening Project has definitely had an impact on my life," he said.

The two chefs taught students healthful recipes with hands-on instruction and how to read food labels. Additionally, they showed the students their Mobile Oils Expert (M.O.E.) food truck, which runs on the vegetable oil used for cooking. They convert it into bio-diesel, said Jonathan Hotz, manager of internal communications for Bunge.

"It's a really great idea," Louis said." They're really saving a lot of gas."

After the presentation, the Bunge chefs made a nutritious lunch for the students in the M.O.E. food truck. Louis and some of his friends enjoyed sweet potato french fries and tempura green beans.

"The goal of today was to give people a flavor of nutrition and food and to give a basic lesson on food labels," Hotz said. "It's a way for our customers to see our products in action."

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