The Kids’ Cooking Coalition launched in the spring of 2018 under the umbrella of the Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University (CKWFU). Since 2006, CKWFU has worked with a network of civic and non-profit community partners to re-purpose and redistribute food across the Winston-Salem community. Their mission is to enhance the capacity of existing organizations to serve their community while contributing to a systemic reduction of food waste and a decline in food insecurity. Within their mission is a calling to nutrition education and specifically a desire to equip the next generation with the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to take control of their food future.
The KCC pilot program was designed by Margaret Savoca in conjunction with nutrition graduate students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. CKWFU has taken in lead in facilitating the six week program at three sites in Winston-Salem: Positive Image Performing Arts, Cook Literacy Model School, and the YWCA Best Choice Center. Courses took place once a week at each of the community partner locations, so children were familiar with the site and it fit into their existing schedules. Each partner site provided a coordinator to help recruit and manage communication with parents and families.
This pilot would not be possible without the support of a generous team of sponsors and our partner sites. Sponsors include the Kids’ Cooking Coalition Advisory Board, Aramark at Wake Forest University, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) of North Carolina, and the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University.
We are currently reviewing the results of the pilot program. Interested parties and inquiries should be directed to Brad Shugoll, Assistant Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, (firstname.lastname@example.org).