Nearly 95,000 children in the 20 counties that we serve are at risk of hunger. Last year, we launched a partnership with Design Impact, with the purpose of testing new and innovative ways to help feed hungry children during the summer months, when they are away from school. One of the approaches this summer has included Culinary Camp. The concept – to bring in chefs and nutritionists to speak with children and help them to prepare healthy, nutritious recipes. We sent the kids home with the recipes that they prepared, along with measuring cups or measuring spoons. The idea – to help children learn about healthy eating and cooking, all while helping to feed them. Earlier in July, we tested the concept with UpSpring and the Millvale Rec Center. At both locations, we hosted two sessions a day, with about 15-20 children in each session. Before and after the camps, we surveyed the children to find out things such as what foods they have tried before, whether they liked the recipe they made, and whether they would make it again.
The week of July 25 , we launched UnPack’d, which has brought pop-up picnics to various park locations in Hamilton County, all intended to feed hungry children.
Below are two separate stories from WCPO about these initiatives:
Grant money has helped to make all of this possible. At the end of summer a group, consisting of various individuals in the trial phase, will meet to discuss outcomes of these approaches, along with next steps.