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Brooke Jackman Foundation Launches Brooke's Cooks, New Initiative to Promote Healthy Living Among At-Risk Youth and Their Families
Date:7/28/2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 28, 2014

The Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF), a children’s literacy organization that has donated more than 200,000 books to children and families in need since its founding in 2001, announces the launch of Brooke’s Cooks, a new initiative designed to promote literacy, learning and family values, while encouraging healthy living among at-risk children and their families in the New York City area. Brooke’s Cooks will include a series of nutrition information workshops, cooking demonstrations and readings. BJF, in an effort to provide hands-on exploratory activities involving food and nutrition, has arranged for Spoons Across America to bring their Take A Taste with Spoons: Spoons Salad Days to Brooke’s Cooks activities. The Brooke’s Cooks launch event will be held at the St. Nicks Alliance in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Thursday, July 31, at 11 a.m.

During the launch event, nearly 30 children ages 5 – 12, and their families will participate in a Take A Taste with Spoons: Spoons Salad Days demonstration led by Spoons Curriculum Leader Catherine Lea. The program will begin with an introductory discussion about eating seasonally and locally and a workshop to teach the children how to measure ingredients and cut safely. The group will then make a salad and homemade vinaigrette with fresh ingredients, including herbs the children will pick from the St. Nicks garden. The day will also include readings from Soup Day by Melissa Iwei and Salad People by Molly Katzen. Each child will go home with a copy of Salad People as well as a handout with nutritious recipes to make at home with their families.

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