We recently received good news from our friends at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF). Our Kid C.H.E.F. (Cooking, Healthy, Easy, Food) program was awarded $4,000 by the DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board! Thanks to their generosity, we’ll be able to provide 112 children in New Castle and Sussex Counties with a week’s worth of Kid C.H.E.F. classes.
KID C.H.E.F. is a skills and knowledge-building program utilizing the nutrition recommendations of the 2010 Dietary guidelines and the new Choose MyPlate. This program focuses on teaching children about healthy eating and how they can learn to prepare nutritious easy foods on their own. It includes a series of five interactive sessions highlighting the key groups in the USDA’s Choose MyPlate for Kids: grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein. Each sixty-minute session focuses on one group and includes child- centered discussions, hands-on activities, recipe making and testing, wearing chef hats and aprons and take -home information for parents. Children receive their own apron, chef hat, oven mitt and drawstring bag of utensils to keep for preparing recipes in each class.
The program began in April 2010, and this past March our 500th student participated in the program! Throughout the week kids prepare smoothies, healthy pizzas, vegetable fried rice and more! Kids love the Kid C.H.E.F. program!
“We’re so thankful to the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board for this generous gift,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “It’s rewarding for us to see children excited not only about cooking their own food, but cooking healthy food that they enjoy.”
The DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Boards (YCB) for each county function as though they were a nonprofit organization’s board of directors. YPB members do research about their community’s needs and really learn about the nonprofit organizations throughout the First State. As active board members, they plan their meetings, develop their grantmaking focus and process and conduct site visits with the nonprofits seeking their grants. They learn the value of teamwork and develop leadership skills. Last year three YPBs distributed $35,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving young people!
Thank you to the Youth Philanthropy Board!