A recipe for success at Fairfield-Suisun Adult School

Have you ever looked through your cupboards and wondered “what could I make with this?!” 

Our partners at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School are making sure our neighbors won’t come home from their food pantry facing that problem. Each month, they partner with chefs from the community to showcase recipes our neighbors can make using the food you help provide. 

Neighbors can enjoy a sample of the dish of the month while waiting for their turn to shop the food pantry – then take home the recipe to recreate in their own kitchens.

At a recent demo, Chef Cheryl passed out servings of green bean casserole to neighbors – many of whom came back for seconds and a recipe card.

“I didn’t want to do something they have to purchase a lot of things for. We have a lot of green beans and we have mushroom soup,” she explained. “So all they have to do is add a few other ingredients and voila.”

Food to fuel a brighter future

The Adult School’s food pantry is one of 260 nonprofit partners we work with to fight hunger and ensure we’re reaching all corners of your community. With your help, we support this network of food pantries, soup kitchens, childcare centers and other nonprofits with food, education, advice and more. 

About 80 families pick up food from the pantry each week, and principal Elizabeth Kolakoski said the fresh produce, proteins and canned staples you help provide have made a big difference to her school community. 

Many of Elizabeth’s students are pursuing their studies – which can include trade certifications, pre-college upgrades, GED prep and English as a second language – in hopes of securing a sustainable career. The nutritious food they receive from the pantry – and the meal ideas that come with it – ensures they have the fuel they need to work towards a better future for themselves and their families. 

“Our students are very grateful,” Elizabeth said.

Get The Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

Provided by Chef Cheryl


  • 2 cans green beans
  • 1 can condensed mushroom soup
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 can French fried onions
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Mix beans, soup, milk and half the fried onions in a casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bake until heated through and bubbly, about 25 minutes. 

Add remaining onions to the top and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve hot.


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