The Kids’ Cooking Coalition (KCC), designed by Margaret Savoca, Ph.D., nutrition researcher and long-time community volunteer, launched in the spring of 2018 under the umbrella of the Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University (CKWFU).
Since 2006, CKWFU has worked with a network of civic and non-profit community partners to re-purpose and redistribute food across the Winston-Salem community. Its mission: to enhance the capacity of existing organizations to serve their community while contributing to a systemic reduction of food waste and a decline in food insecurity. This includes a calling to nutrition education, specifically a desire to equip the next generation with the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to take control of their food future.
Since 2018, CKWFU has taken a lead in facilitating the six-week program, once a year at four sites throughout Winston-Salem. The program pairs college student volunteers with children at Positive Image Performing Arts, Cook Literacy Model School, Polo Park Recreation Center and the YWCA Best Choice Center. Courses take place at each of the community partner locations so children are familiar with the site and it fits into their existing schedules. Each partner site provides a coordinator to help recruit and manage communication with parents and families.
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Kids Cooking Coalition Mission
The Kids’ Cooking Coalition (KCC) is a community based initiative designed for children in elementary and early middle school that :
- Brings cooking into the lives of children in Winston-Salem
- Makes cooking fun, interesting, and important
- Establishes a life-long skill of being able to prepare healthy food
The KCC brings together college students, local school chldren and community members together in a shared effort to equip the next generation with the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to take control of their food future!
Kids Cooking Coalition Advisory Board
Advisory Board Chair
- Margaret Savoca, Community Member
Advisory Board Members
- Sharon Frazier, District & Title 1 Parent Involvement Program Manager at Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools
- Tomisha Gladman, Community Member
- Lauren Haldeman, PhD, Professor of Nutrition at UNCB
- Lynne Mitchell, Forsyth County Department of Public Health
- Marilyn Odom VP Youth Services YWCA of Winston Salem, Best Choice Center
- Brooke Orr, MS, RD-LDN, Nutrition Director of Aramark (WFU)
- Remona E. Ramsey-Brooks, Cook Literacy Model School Community Engagement Coordinator
- Brad Shugoll, Associate Director of Service & Leadership (WFU)
- Shelley Sizemore, Director of Community Partnerships (WFU)
- Courtney Taylor-Porter, Owner/Artistic Director of Positive Image Performing Arts
- Mary Lynn Wigodsky, Community Member
- Jessica Wilson, Winston-Salem Housing, Graphic Design
- Nancy Young, Community Member