Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Kids Culinary Arts Equips Children With Life-Skill

Kids Culinary Arts teaches kids cooking and nutrition during after school programs, vacations and summer camps. The organization works in school districts and towns to get kids cooking and eating healthy foods. Matthew and Nicole Heiter, 11 and nine years old, have become experienced hands in the kitchen. Their mother, Lauren credits Kids Culinary Arts.

"I am so thankful that [Kids Culinary Arts] has been here and has really been championing the whole cause of not only learning how to cook, but how to cook healthy," Lauren says.

At the classes, Matthew and Nicole are learning how the practicalities of preparing food, and they are learning the importance of a healthy diet. "Our bodies use all the food that we eat and if you put in the wrong kind of food, you’ll only get a little bit of energy for a short amount of time," Matthew says. "If you eat the right foods and a right balance, you can have a lot of energy for a long time."

Matthew and Nicole even make dinner for their family sometimes, using their newly learned skills to prepare the meals. "When my mom is busy, I help out and cook," Nicole says. She and her brother are thankful to the class for developing their ability to help their mother prepare meals.

"My children are able to cook healthy meals for themselves. That's a life-skill that they have, that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives," says Lauren. "It's a skill that sometimes gets lost in our busy lives."