Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society received a grant from Food Banks Canada for for the Food Explorers Program. The 7 week/session program was conducted on Tuesdays, Oct. 9 to Nov. 20 at the Youth Centre and facilitated by our Healthy Cooking Instructor. The funding received was used for kitchen equipment, appliances, utensils, facilitator time, take-home items for participants, and food. There were 8 participants, with ages ranging from 7-12.
A little about the program: In order to address the important issue of child hunger, Food Banks Canada has developed a child hunger program called After the Bell. The Food Explorers education program – which is part of the umbrella of After the Bell – allows Food Banks Canada to support the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate programming for kids across the country that access the food bank or are at risk of experiencing food insecurity. The program will focus on building knowledge and confidence around food, kitchen skills, meal preparation, nutrition and other topics with a view to empowering kids to understand how to cook and make positive decisions about what they eat. Program materials will be hands-on, child-friendly, fun and age-appropriate in order to encourage the best learning outcomes.
We would like to thank our facilitator, volunteers and Food Banks Canada and The Hershey Company for the funding, curriculum materials, facilitator training and manual, handouts and resources for the participants, and support for this wonderful program.