Hosting a kids' cooking program is one thing, but the Agape Centre in Ontario takes this idea to new heights by having kids prepare food with produce they've grown and harvested.
The Curious Chefs program is a five-week cooking class that puts an emphasis on encouraging food literacy by teaching kids about healthy eating on a budget, kitchen safety, nutritious school lunches, perfect portions, food groups, food labels and gardening.
The sessions begin by having kids learn to plant, care for and harvest produce from the Agape food bank and soup kitchen's own garden. What is not needed for the cooking class is packaged for use by the food bank. The second part of the classes involves preparing an entrée and a dessert, with enough to take home and share. Kids are also challenged in a Fear Factor-style to experiment with tasting food that may be new to them like kale, asparagus, or pomegranate.
As it becomes more important to understand the journey food takes from farm to table, programs like this one will become invaluable for preparing the next generation to make healthy choices.