Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Team Elie

If you've been reading this blog for a while you might have heard that I'm involved in a great program called Common Threads in which we teach children from Low-income families about nutrition, culture and cooking. Today, I wanted to introduce you to my team of kids out of the whole group we work with every Monday.

They love to call themselves the chefs from Team Elie... aren't they really cute?

Every Monday a groups of 16 children come to the kitchen and learn about a different country, their culture, costumes and most of all their food. Then the whole group is divided in small groups each with a different volunteer that supervises the cooking of the day's dishes.

One of our our kids learning more about the places we all come from... Victor is from Spain!

The best thing about this program is that children feel engaged in a different activity, they have a purpose and  have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the 2 hours we spend together. I love the fact that we are actually doing something to improve the quality of their lives and most of all the type of adults they one day will become.

We teach them to use certain kitchen tools and the wonderful 
world of ingredients... it doesn't include french fries!

There are Common Threads programs in many parts of the US and they love to have people volunteer, so if you feel like this is something for you please check them out. If you don't live in the US check them out anyways because what they do is great and can help others make a difference starting with the younger generations.

Aren't they really cute wearing their chef hats and aprons... You are looking at our future!

Talking about nutrition, do you ever eat any junk or fast food?

Hope you are having a great Wednesday!