Health and wellness have a lot to do with what we eat. When kids have a hands-on opportunity to prepare the food they consume, they just might choose something healthy over junk.
Laura Peach, a student of nutrition and dietetics at Western University, teamed up with Kathy Douglas, Huron-Perth United Church Youth Minister, to bring a hands-on cooking and nutrition education program for children ages 8–12 to two United Churches in Huron County, Ontario, last summer funded by a Mission Support Grant. Kids in the Kitchen offered fun educational activities and a chance to prepare and sample healthy recipes each day. The day camp was a half-day Monday to Friday program.
Blyth United Church, Egmondville United Church, and Huron-Perth Presbytery recognize how eating and preparing food in community offers nourishment to the soul as much as to the body. With that in mind, they trained and paid young adults to run these food camps, offering much-needed, full-time, meaningful summer employment to youth.
Laura is excited and feels this was a chance to live her dream of helping children at a young age learn to appreciate growing, choosing, preparing, and sharing “real” food. “Every kid needs to develop a relationship with their food,” she claims, adding, “and it is not automatic knowledge to know what nourishes.”
Thank you for your Mission and Service gifts for this important food program. Please continue to give generously.
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