Over $3,000 raised during Cooking Matters Month!
November we celebrated our annual Cooking Matters Connecticut month with a 30-day fundraiser. We highlighted our program and its participants all month long. We would like to say thank you to our corporate donors :
- Stop & Shop Supermarkets
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Lipper International Inc.
Special Olympics Connecticut Program at Wilbur Cross High School!
From October 17 – November 21st, Cooking Matters hosted a class at Wilbur Cross High School sponsored by Special Olympics, where some of the kids are Special Olympics Connecticut athletes. 10 teens participated in the early Monday morning program with Cooking Matters instructor Gina Marie Vecchitto. Most of the students were on a non-verbal spectrum and started off a little reserved and quiet the first few classes. As the sessions progressed, every student became more and more comfortable with both Gina Marie and the student volunteers.
Throughout the 6-week course the teens actively and enthusiastically engaged in preparing different kinds of recipes from the chopping, measuring, stirring, and completing all of the necessary tasks to enjoy the final meal which consisted of Veggie Pizzas on English Muffins, Mozzarella Sticks, tomato sauce and black bean brownies. By graduation day, every student was speaking and engaging more and expressed looking forward to the next class session. Instructor Gina Marie said, “This was an amazing group of teens and I can’t wait to work with them again!”
Visit cookingmattersct.org for more information about our program!