The Food Group is fortunate to work with over 170 food shelves and meal programs throughout the state. One such partner, Perspectives Kids Cafe, is a licensed commercial kitchen/dining classroom. They provide services to homeless and low-income families and children for the purpose of improving access to nutritious food. The Kids Cafe program is designed to increase healthy food consumption for children while providing hands-on nutrition curriculum that addresses healthy food choices – a mission that The Food Group also holds near and dear.
Cooking with Chef Dan
Recently The Food Group’s agency relations coordinator, Lily, visited and volunteered with Chef Dan and his team at Perspectives Kids Café. The café is a wonderful place where kids have the opportunity to create meals, learn cooking techniques, and follow recipes.
Students learn to cook at the Kids Cafe through hands-on lessons, and take pride that they themselves helped make the food they eat together at each meal. Perspectives aims to increase healthy food consumption while providing hands-on curriculum to address healthy food choices in the community.
“This was a great experience to work with the kids in the kitchen. I could really tell that they were dedicated to being a part of each step in the recipe process even if it was just pouring the buttermilk into the biscuit mix– they wanted to experience it.
Trying New Foods
According to Lily, the best part of the experience was seeing the kids actually trying the food at each meal. For breakfast, they made a hot cereal recipe called Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Quinoa. Some of the kids really enjoyed the unique, hearty flavor while a few others said ‘I tried it, but I don’t think I like it this time.”
Experiences like these allow the kids the opportunity to learn about their flavor preferences and be open to trying new things. When kids are given access to trying new and nutritious foods early in life, it can help nudge them down the path of being more likely to choose healthy foods in the future.
A Moment of Thankfulness
Before each meal, Chef Dan gets everyone’s attention as they find a seat at a table. As the kids settle down, he blows on his harmonica and everyone repeats their Moment of Thankfulness:
A wonderful way of bringing everyone together.
This post was written by Lily, The Food Group’s Agency Relations Coordinator. Questions? Contact Lily.