After a rewarding morning the pantry staff invited us to experience lunch at the Meatball Shop, an iconic neighborhood restaurant. Skeptical at first, the kids wanted to just get pizza instead of trying new cuisines. However, after some convincing and taking their first bites, the kids were impressed and regretted their reluctance. The pantry staff even rewarded them for their hard work with ice cream sandwiches.
Following the dining experience we proceeded to the High Line Park where the students got to take in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. After walking a few blocks on the converted elevated rail line, we ended the trip with mini rosemary donuts from Doughnuts at Chelsea Market. On the PATH train home, the kids reflected on a day full of all types of new experiences; strange foods, foreign neighborhoods, and serving a community.