Following the successful launch of my week long cooking camp for children last summer, I am excited to be expanding the program by increasing the number of kids I can work with each week. For two weeks, 30 elementary school children will be able to exercise their culinary skills by working in a large-scale kitchen. They will learn the importance of a balanced diet and be able to make nutritious and delicious meals. They will be empowered to make healthy choices while developing a taste for good, healthy food. I am working with the director of Novato Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services program, Miguel Villarreal. Miguel is equally passionate about developing an educated palate in children at an early age, removing processed flours and sugar from daily diets and giving kids the ability to cook for themselves and help make food choices in their families. We believe that if we can intervene at a young age that we have a chance to develop life long skills and reduce the number of kids growing up with diabetes, obesity and other diet related health issues.
It is important to me that this camp is free to all children who would like to participate which is why I am asking for your help. I will need funds to pay for as much organic food as possible to create an orangic and fresh lunch for all participants per day for two weeks. We will need kitchen utensils that are missing in the school kitchen including plates, cups, paper and cleaning products. I will be recruiting local grocery stores to get involved by donating fresh produce and other food supplies, but it never covers all supplies needed. I will need 4 helpers each day and will be paying each an hourly wage. I will need supplies for teaching a daily lesson that will tie into the meal we will be preparing. I will need aprons for each participant. The children will keep a daily journal and we will need art supplies for this craft project as well as other craft projects throughout the week.
It is my goal to create a program blueprint so that Camp Cauliflower can be duplicated in any community that wants to expose children to organic and fresh ingredients. I will use this camp to set a precedent for other schools to incorporate health and nutrition into their curriculum and I will hopefully teach my fellow peers to carry this camp on into the future.
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