Program teaches kids fundamentals of cooking
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Dec 10, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Program teaches kids fundamentals of cooking

Stratford Gazette

Chet Greason

Beginning in 2015, there’s a fun and free way for young people to learn how to cook their favourite dishes for themselves.

The Local Community Food Centre held an open house information and registration session for its Seed, Feed, and Lead program on Friday, Dec. 5.

The free after school program, split into four age groups, will teach area students basic skills regarding cooking, nutrition, and food.

“We’re giving them life skills to be able to provide for themselves,” explains the Local’s youth facilitator Cassandra Lindner.

Not only is the learning hands-on, but the families of participants will see some definite perks as well.

“The idea is that the student will be able to cook a full meal and then bring home a family size portion,” says Lindner.

Students will decide amongst themselves which of their favourite recipes will be covered by the 12-week course.

Each session will begin with a nutritional component before delving into planning and cooking. Students will also learn tips for smart grocery shopping, kitchen and food safety, menu preparation, recipe research, and how to build a shopping list.

In addition, the young people will receive hands-on experience planting, maintaining, and harvesting vegetables from the Local’s gardens and greenhouse.

Program one, for ages 13-15, begins Jan. 9, followed by ages 10-12 (Apr. 3), 7-9 (July 3), and 16-18 (Oct. 2). The sessions will be held on Fridays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Contact the Local Community Food Centre or check out their website for more information.

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