Kids Get Cooking in the Classroom--2010 Days of TasteŽ
Volunteer for our winter 2010 activities. Chef days are now being planned, working with City Blossoms, a non-profit organization in D.C. that uses gardening to create environmental, nutritional, and cultural connections for children and youth. Visit their web site at www.cityblossoms.com to learn more about them. We're looking for volunteers for the classroom activity; come help us lead the children in an exploration of taste. Contact Rebecca Penovich at email@example.com
A revolution is underway in classrooms across America and it’s about taste buds, not textbooks.
With childhood obesity and related diseases on the rise, private companies, educators, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations are working to bring nutrition into the classroom. Earlier this year, Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new dietary guidelines that included an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables and grains.
So, are kids going to give up their sodas, French fries, and double bacon cheeseburgers anytime soon? That was the late Julia Child’s goal when she formed Days of TasteŽ. Modeled after a French program called “Journee de Gout”, Days of TasteŽ began in the United States in 1994 under the auspices of the French Consulate and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food. Founded on the belief that taste and health go hand-in-hand, Days of TasteŽ has helped to shape taste buds of future generations across the nation.
Julia said, “In this age of fast and frozen food, we want to teach school children about real food – where it is grown and how it is produced – so they can develop an understanding and appreciation of how good food is supposed to taste.”
Participating cities include: Washington, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, and Baltimore, among others. In Washington, DC, some of the area's top chefs and farmers will venture into the classroom where kids have planted their own school gardens. Students will team up with chefs to prepare gourmet meals and learn the importance of health & nutrition.
To find out more or to VOLUNTEER, contact Rebecca Penovich at firstname.lastname@example.org