Cooking Matters Program Coordinator, Terry Young, is partnering with End Hunger Connecticut!’s Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign Manager, Shannon Yearwood, and the East Hartford Public Schools Food Service Director, Shari Staeb, to bring a 6-week Cooking Matters series to a summer meals program in East Hartford this summer.
End Hunger Connecticut! is a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. By focusing on advocacy, outreach, education, and research, End Hunger CT! bridges the gap between the federal food and nutrition programs throughout the state. These programs include the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meals Programs, which provide free, nutritious meals to participating summer sites including schools, parks, various public agencies, and nonprofits for children under 18. Connecticut families can find nearby summer meal sites at http://www.ctsummermeals.org, by calling 2-1-1 toll free, or by texting ‘CTMeals’ to 877-877. These tools are instrumental for families in finding their children the closest free meal locations in their communities.
Even though the kids can get a meal each day, unfortunately the parents are not able to receive these meals. That is where our new partnership comes in. During the summer of 2014, Cooking Matters, End Hunger Connecticut!, the CT No Kid Hungry campaign, and East Hartford Public Schools Food Services-supported by Sodexo-will be offering a Cooking Matters 6-week course at a site where parents can join their children to learn about healthy eating and shopping on a budget. Families will work together to cook and share a meal before they head home with a recipe and the ingredients for its preparation.
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