by Justin Crum
As the last days of school approach, we are gearing up for our summer EATWISE Program, which provides an opportunity for students to go considerably more in-depth with the topics we cover. We received a ton of applications, and are interviewing candidates. Students will be out in the community, working with food assistance programs, urban farms, and our Community Kitchen in Harlem. Two participants from last summer, Johnathan and Andrew, described their work at the Community Kitchen as such:
|[In the Community Kitchen’s soup kitchen,] you help clean, prepare food, set up for breakfast and dinner, and after you’re done cooking, you can enjoy a meal with the other volunteers. All the produce there is fresh, and is prepared in the kitchen. Cleaning is the hardest thing but when you have help it becomes very fun.|
We try to help students connect what they are learning about nutrition to real-world situations. Working directly with community groups that deal with hunger gives students a context to explore what they are learning. Cooking always proves to be a wonderful outlet for their energy (but it certainly doesn’t hurt to get their hands dirty cleaning or working in a garden). Stay tuned for blog entries about EATWISE Summer 2009 from the students themselves!
Justin Crum is the Youth Development Manager for EATWISE, the Food Bank's CookShop for Teens program.