Recently one 5th grader, Makayla, who participates in my Community Cooking Connections (CCC) program, told me how she takes home food each week to her grandmother and then helps teach her how to make a healthy meal for $2.00! She said that really knowing how to shop, not just focusing on sales is a better strategy, it’s a lot more fun and it helps her eat better. She added that food banks help by giving “things” but learning to cook means she and her grandmother eat healthier no matter what food they have at home.
I’m so proud that a program I created is able to offer real-world lessons like this and help others in our area.
The Community Cooking Connections program is all about the important role youth can have in improving nutrition for young people in America. Why do we let the youth run this program? Simple, the creativity that runs through youthful minds can help end hunger with a flare and lots of fun.
Community Cooking Connections has had a lot of support as well. I was recently selected as a Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recipient, which in addition to providing $5,000 for my education awarded a grant for $5,000 to CCC.
Those funds helped the program encourage families to help each other and provided a community resource for sharing food with each other – especially the kids.
As one of the national winners of this award, I also received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. where I was able to meet with a number of fellow STOP Hunger Scholars – all doing amazing work.
I would advise other students working to fight hunger to apply for this great scholarship, run by Sodexo Foundation. They are currently accepting applications through December 5, 2012.
It’s an amazing opportunity that allows you to help others recognize how vital it is for all of us to fight hunger in the United States.
No child should go hungry – there is no reason for it.
The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship offers one more way to help raise awareness about the issue and connect those in need to valuable resources.
When I think of committed youth like Makayla, sharing ideas with her grandmother, I’m convinced that their fresh ideas can make a difference in helping us solve the problem of hunger in the U.S.
Rebecca Fawns is the founder of Community Cooking Connections and a 2012 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recipient. Student volunteers fighting hunger can apply for the 2013 award through December 5th by visiting www.sodexofoundation.org.
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