City of Bridgeport and Cooking Matters Partner for Lead Safety

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The City of Bridgeport recently received a $50,000 grant to work with Cooking Matters and other community partners building community gardens at childcare facilities, managing a social marketing campaign, and providing nutrition and culinary education.  This will be an effort to promote and provide access to nutritious foods that are high in vitamins and minerals (especially calcium and iron) that help prevent lead absorption.

Cooking Matters will be working with the City of Bridgeport teaching 6 week cooking and nutrition courses, conducting Cooking Matters at the Store tours, as well as facilitating educational community events. This is a full circle approach with a focus on safeguarding children from the dangers of lead poisoning through dietary implementations. We will offer a variety of ways to engage people, not only educating on foods that help prevent lead absorption, but taking the education a step further by showing Bridgeport families how to shop for, and cook, these nutrient rich foods as well.

Program Coordinator, Terry Young, is excited to be working with The City of Bridgeport to plan and implement this programming. The Cooking Matters curriculum is comprehensive and adaptable to many different public health topics.

If your organization is interested in partnering with Cooking Matters to increase your clients’ wellness through cooking and nutrition education, please reach out to Terry Young at tyoung@chnct.org.

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