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Food Banks Teaching Kids about Nutrition

Food Banks Teaching Kids about Nutrition
Through Food Banks Canada’s Mission Kitchen grant program, The Agape Centre in Cornwall developed a kids cooking club, with the goal of building confidence and inspiring healthy living. The granting program was supported by the RBC Foundation.

Since 2014, 71 children from the community have participated and learned how to prepare nutritious meals.

“Before each cooking lesson, we would have a 15-30 minute conversation about different topics that were geared around healthy eating and nutrition”  said Agape Executive Director Alyssa Blais. The Agape Centre took the children through Canada’s food guide and engaged the children.

Turning new foods into new adventures

The food bank also launched a Fear Factor game where they brought in 5 different healthy foods for the children to experience that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to try. This experience got the children interested in new foods including tofu, pomegranate, kale, beets, soy milk, asparagus & papaya.

This program is the first child cooking program of its kind in the area. “The kids have implemented the lessons they learned into their own homes, which will hopefully help to improve the eating habits and nutrition of our clients” said Blais.

Congratulations to the Agape Centre on leveraging the Mission Kitchen grant to inspire kids to take an active role in cooking with their families and make healthier food choices.

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