Kids Take Over the Kitchen at The University of Kentucky

In *All, Youth, Family, & Communities by Courtney

Throughout the summer, The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has been running a weeklong day camp cooking program at their Boyd County office called Kids Can Cook.

“There are so many kids at home who don’t have anything to eat, other than out of a box or out of a can,” said Eugenia Wilson, the county’s family and consumer sciences extension agent and founder of the program. “We wanted to teach them how to prepare simple recipes using fresh ingredients.”

Each day of the camp, the children learn one new cooking skill and one new recipe. During these lessons, they discuss different nutrition topics and brainstorm ways to improve their family’s diets.

“Children love to cook, and we have found that if they cook, they are more likely to eat what they have prepared and try different things,” said Susan Grimmett, the county’s assistant for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education.

From making their own seasoning to healthier versions of their favorite comfort foods, the children at Kids Can Cook are getting creative with their crops. For more information on the camp and its curriculum, read more here.

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