Tonight, families enrolled in the “Patch Parents” program at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House will learn about nutrition and healthy eating while living on limited means through an interactive cooking “competition” hosted by volunteers from Yum! Brands.
The Cabbage Patch served approximately 1,000 individuals and 596 families in 2012, with our most involved members and families coming from West End and downtown neighborhoods identified as “food deserts” with limited access to grocery stores and farmers markets. In addition, many of these families rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide food for their families.
Using the Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) food list and SNAP guidelines, volunteers from Yum! have compiled baskets of staple foods that most parents living on food assistance programs would have at home or be able to easily access. Using these ingredients—which include proteins, veggies, fruits, and dry goods—the volunteers will lead participating families in a “cooking challenge” that will teach nutrition and methods for creating healthy, sustaining meals at home.
The program will begin tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House (located at 1413 S. Sixth Street), and is designed to foster an educational, family environment. All foods and utensils are being donated through volunteer donations by Yum!
About The Patch Parents Program
“Patch Parents” is a service offered to parents and guardians of children enrolled in Recreation/Youth Development or Educational Opportunities programs at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House. This service is offered through The Cabbage Patch’s Family Services program, which gives families the opportunity to discover solutions to complex problems and issues while placing strong emphasis on helping families break the cycle of poverty through a commitment to intensive, long-term case management services that move them from instability to stable and healthy family environments.
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