Kids in the Kitchen
In 2006, the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) launched Junior
Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen, designed to help communities address the urgent
issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition.
The AJLI website, Kids in the Kitchen, provides support material including recipes, tips on nutrition, and kid-friendly computer games designed to teach healthy eating and fitness habits.
Throughout each year, individual Leagues from across four countries host educational events in partnership with local community organizations to raise awareness and provide solutions for the growing health problems associated with childhood obesity.
Events range from partnering with local chefs for cooking demonstrations and hosting fitness assessments with nutritionists in schools and community centers, to hands-on grocery store tours to show kids and parents nutritious and affordable ways to select recipe ingredients and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As part of our Kids in the Kitchen program, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) and Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) partnered in 2009 and 2010 to provide cutting-edge weekend culinary camps for school age children. The purpose of these free camps is to teach children healthy food preparations, preserve and teach Southern culinary techniques, connect food to its origin, implant concepts of freshness, and promote an understanding of the communion of food and traditions in our culture.
This JLNO 2012-2013 year the Kids in the Kitchen committee is partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank's afterschool supper program Kid’s Café, which provides a hot dinner to children five days a week. These meals are distributed through schools and community centers across the city. Currently the program is instituted at nine locations but hopes to grow to twenty by year end.
Kids in the Kitchen will be partnering with one location for a weekly nutrition and basic fitness class for the students.
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