Donning brand-new chefs hats with their own names painted on in bright colors, 15 children received graduation certificates from the first Cooking Matters for Kids series at Lots of Tots Childcare in Princeton. For six sessions over three weeks, the children learned about age-appropriate cooking basics, healthy eating, and kitchen safety, while cooking up some tasty treats in the process. The series was a big hit with parents as well, who received free groceries to try recipes at home with their family. Throughout the series, children helped to make (and sample) fruit smoothies, French toast, and ratatouille among other tasty dishes.
Cooking Matters is a program of the Share our Strength national foundation, and is coordinated in Maine by Good Shepherd Food Bank, with funding for food provided through a partnership with Hannaford Bros inc. Locally, Cooking Matters Maine partners with Washington County: One Community’s SNAP Ed nutrition education program for low-income Washington County residents. WCOC’s Nutrition Educator, Joe Ferrier, also has Cooking Matters for Adults currently running on Thursdays at the Machias Food Pantry. Classes are also being organized for Teens at the Labor of Love Nutrition Center in Eastport starting in November, and for parents at the St. Croix Early Care and Education Center in Calais, starting in January. For more information contact Joe at 255-3741 or firstname.lastname@example.org