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Eating Sandwiches Definitely Pays Off, and Not in Calories!

Even Stevens Cook Elijah Yellowhorse helps a Boys and Girls Club teen member plate food.

On January 11, the Teen Program from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS) Lehi Branch welcomed three volunteers and cooks from the Even Stevens sandwich shop in Scottsdale for a night of cooking fun.

The Lehi Community Building multipurpose room was filled with excitement as the youth enjoyed a spaghetti dinner, prepared by the teens and Even Stevens cooks.

Even Stevens is a sandwich shop that matches the cost of every sandwich sold and donates the funds into a SYSCO account with the BGCGS, so teens and youth can enjoy sandwiches and fresh foods while at the Lehi or Red Mountain campuses. Where resources would normally go toward food purchases, they instead go toward program supplies. In this way, Even Stevens gives back to the Community and sees this as an investment in the growth and well-being of the youth.

The young Boys and Girls Club members enjoyed a spaghetti dinner.
“Even Stevens allots us somewhere around $600, depending on how many people buy sandwiches at their sandwich shops. We use that to buy food from SYSCO and we have that delivered every week. We use it for a lot of fresh fruits, like today we got apples and gave those away to the youth for snacks. Here at the club, we feed our teens a free dinner every night. [The donation from Even Stevens] helps supplement what we pay for food because teens eat a lot, and it helps us with our food budget,” said Teen Development Specialist Angela DiCicco.

The teens helped the Even Stevens cooks prepare a fresh spaghetti dinner with corn, Hawaiian rolls and juice boxes for the evening.

“Some of our kids are interested in culinary arts, and some of them just enjoy helping and asking questions. A lot of our teens are getting into their first job, and food prep is one of the big first jobs. So, it’s kind of good for them to ask questions from someone who already has that job and to get some experience or tips from that person. That’s also another reason why we wanted to partner [with Even Stevens]: so the teens can get something out of it and the youth can enjoy the meal,” said DiCicco.

“I don’t mind spending time hanging out with my friends; it’s always fun. The little guys are also fun to be around. I get volunteer hours as well,” said Community teen Xavier Gonzales.

Club teen members stir a pot of noodles while preparing dinner for the youth.
“Since I was little I’ve always wanted to become a chef, and so this helps me so I can get the feeling of how it works. I get to cook for a lot of people because in the future I want to go to college and go into culinary arts and open up a business,” said Community teen Adrianna James.

“I love helping out, and [Even Stevens] thought that it would a great idea to come here and help out,” said Even Stevens cook Elijah Yellowhorse. “I am looking forward to answering any questions and just having a fun night.”

The sandwich shop has five locations in the Valley; the one closest to the Community is at 7217 E. Fourth Ave. in Scottsdale. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about Even Stevens and its charitable causes, visit www.evenstevens.com.