One of the many community positions I am lucky enough to volunteer in is Chair of the Board at Growing Chefs! Ontario. At Growing Chefs, we have programming that tailored for classrooms to teach the elementary school curriculum through food knowledge and cooking skills. We work with local growers and food producers to deliver our programming which helps children learn about healthy eating and gain an understanding of where food comes from.
Recently, I had the pleasure of being able to write a column about the importance of food education to families and the community. While on the surface it may seem like learning to cook has little impacts outside of the kitchen, food literacy has an important role ranging in local economic development, poverty reduction, and community health.
This column was published in The Londoner on the Growing Chefs! Ontario website and if you haven't had a chance to read it, I encourage you to give it a read and if you like it, take a look at some of the great programs that Growing Chefs offers.