• Local Student Cooks for a Cause

     
    POSTED October 15, 2015
     

Chef hats off to local Cherry Hill, N.J., student for flexing his cooking chops for a good cause.

Specifically, Daniel Marcus, an elementary school student, has entered Uncle Ben’s Brand Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest—a contest through the rice product company’s national program that encourages children to start cooking at an early age to help them make healthier choices.

The contest involves kindergarten through eighth grade children submitting three-minute videos of themselves and their parents cooking an original rice-based dish, bringing the family closer together, making cooking a fun activity and helping kids make healthier meal choices. Anyone can vote by heading to the website and selecting one of the 25 videos. (Hundreds are submitted every year, making Daniel’s entry even more exciting.)  

Typically, both the student’s family and the school of the student that wins receive money, but Daniel has elected to give his school’s money to Sacred Heart, a Camden-based elementary school that doesn’t have a cafeteria.

If selected as one of the five grand prize winners, Daniel’s family will receive $15,000, and Sacred Heart will receive $30,000 for a cafeteria makeover.

Voters can select their favorite from Oct. 15 through Nov. 3. To view Daniel’s video, visit the organization’s website and search for the recipe name: “Daniel’s Steak, Rice and Messy Broccoli Bowl.” Get out and vote for Daniel to help a local elementary school and better the community!

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