How to Put Kids in Control at Summer Meal Sites

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Can kids cook their own summer meals?

Food is more exciting when you play an active role in its creation. Common Threads Farms (CTF) theorized that there had to be a way to do this through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Borrowing from their background as nutrition educators, they created a summer meals program with a unique twist: rather than be the passive recipients of food served, each day kids would learn about nutrition, new foods, and basic kitchen skills, and then have the chance to practice what they learned by preparing their own summer meals. When mealtime was over, program staff would join kids outside for fun and games