The “I Have a Dream Foundation” kids were at it again this winter with “Cooking Matters” classes! (Taught in conjunction with the Idaho Foodbank.) “We’re arming these kids with simple nutrition education that will hopefully lead them to make better choices when choosing foods in the future,” said Sharon Dohse, Cooking Matters instructor.
These classes are made possible because of the generosity of The Little Black Dress Club, who awarded us a $2,400 grant, Nurture, who awarded us two $500 grants, as well as their volunteer support for the program, and two $600 grants from the I Have a Dream Foundation. St. Luke’s also provided the volunteer/hands-on support of a nutritionist for the class.
By participating in “Cooking Matters” classes, kids receive a snack or dish to consume during each class, a bag of free ingredients for select classes,
hands-on learning, text book, graduation certificate and gift bag provided upon completion of the course. To graduate, students must attend eight of the 12 sessions, and this session, 17 of the 18 students graduated this round!
Once a week, registered dietitian Laurie McBride and intern Danielle Basye from St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center attended the class and taught nutrition education.”It was great seeing the kids comprehend nutrition information and seeing the number of hands that would shoot up to answer questions after we learned something new ,” said Laurie. “It was a great group of kids, who hopefully had fun, ate some yummy, healthy food, and learned about nutrition all at the same time,” added Laurie.
Thank you to all the donors and volunteers involved to make this program such a success! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Special thanks goes to Dakota Ratcliffe for assisting with taking photographs the last few classes! Nice work Dakota!