Kids Can Cook is a program created by the Yvonne Richardson Community Center to help kids get more acclimated in the kitchen.
They focus specifically on nutrition, diet and labeling of fruits and vegetables.
Tori Greenway has been volunteering for this program for the past year.
She says she’s developed great relationships with all the kids in the program.
“I love working with the kids, and since I am a dietetic student, I love working with food, so I just thought it would be a great opportunity to get some experience and get to do some of the things I love,” Greenway said.
These kids are learning how to cook in a cleaner and healthier way.
The lead cooks show them how to properly wash their hands and clean the surfaces around them before cooking.
The leads make sure to keep a close eye on the kids as they work with dangerous utensils and hot surfaces.
They work together to cook stone soup. They also make sure that the kids now what they are cooking and how to do it the right way.
“It lets me know how to cook. And I cook with my brother. I like my brother cooking with me,” one of the kids said.
One of the major goals of this program is also to help bring an end to underage obesity.
Through the duration of the program, the group sets the realistic goals of what they can do to have a healthier diet.
“I think it makes a great impact because a lot of them don’t get a lot of foods like this at home,” Greenway said.
The lead cooks hope these little chefs can take what they learn here and apply it back home with their families.
Story by UATV Reporter Brooke Earhart