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How We Get Kids to “Eat Real”

, November 7th, 2012

Here at DC Central Kitchen, it’s obvious that we take food seriously. However, did you know that we are also cultivating hundreds of young gourmands across the city?

Through our Healthy Returns program, we send free meals and healthy snacks to around 30 agencies that serve low-income children and teens every day.

These are scratch-cooked, healthy dinners that introduce kids to new foods through our weekly Health and Wellness with DCCK series. We also provide the agencies with nutrition education and cooking classes.

On Food Day 2012, we brought the “Eat Real” message to two Healthy Returns agencies. Kids worked together in hands-on activities to learn about the differences between processed and whole foods.

Using materials from the Food Day website, each student made an Eat Real Action Plan for the next week. Kids confessed that they had never really thought much about processed foods before, and the information was challenging!

We at DC Central Kitchen are proud to Eat Real. We hope that our work sets DC kids on the path for a healthy, happy future.