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230 NYC After-School Leaders Participate in Food Bank for NYC's Interactive Training to Teach Nutrition Education to City's Poorest Children


~ Deputy Mayor for Education & Community Development, Dennis Walcott, To Address Leaders ~

Food Bank’s CookShop Program To Reach 30,000 Children and Families in Public Schools &
After-School Programs

Deputy Mayor for Education & Community Development, Dennis Walcott, will address more than 230 New York City after-school leaders and personnel, who will participate in an interactive training were they will be taught to lead CookShop, the federally-funded nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City, to bring nutrition education to 30,000 low-income children and families in more than 1,300 public elementary classrooms and afterschool sites, on Thursday, January 20th, beginning at 10:00 AM, at 52  Broadway, (United  Federation Of Teachers Building), Manhattan. This year, more than 1,600 teachers are receiving CookShop training.

At a time when 37 percent of New York City residents are struggling to afford food and, and nearly 40 percent of New York City public elementary school children are obese or overweight, New York City public school teachers and staff will come together to help set children and families on the path to a healthy lifestyle.  CookShop exposes children to healthy food at an early age, and gives low-income New Yorkers of all ages the skills, knowledge and motivation to make healthy food choices on a limited budget, using hands-on workshops to teach cooking skills and foster enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains.

Interviews with Leaders and Food Bank Trainers Available.  Cameras are Welcome.

CookShop is fully funded by the USDA and administered with the support and partnership of the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the NYC Human Resources Administration.

WHAT:    230 NYC After-School Leaders to Participate in Interactive Training to Teach Nutrition Ed to City’s Low Income After-School Students, ages 6-12.

WHEN:    Thursday, January 20th, 2010 from 10 AM - 1:00 PM 
       
WHO:    Deputy Mayor for Education & Community Development, Dennis Walcott, NYC                 After-School Leaders and Food Bank For New York City Trainers

WHERE:    52 Broadway (United Federation of Teachers Bld.), Manhattan

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