It's been a great spring in Common Threads' Cooking Skills & World Cuisine classes. As our ten-week, after-school, hands-on cooking classes wrap up for the semester, we count that we have reached 480 children across our 29 after-school locations thus far in 2012. That figure outpaces last year by 10%, and rate of growth that is due in no small part to the generosity of those of you who use GlobalGiving.
One particular story demonstrates the impact that Common Threads' nutrition education programming can have on the lives of low-income children and their families. After a seemingly endless day, a single mother picked her son Elijah up from his school in Los Angeles. As they were leaving, she realized she had forgotten her wallet and needed to pick up something for dinner on the way home. Mother and son were both exhausted and hungry, so they searched together for as much change as they could find in the car, their pockets and his backpack. After coming up with nearly $10 in change, the mother suggested hitting the drive-thru of the closest fast food restaurant for a hassle-free solution.
Elijah had a different plan. "Mom, I can make something for us. Let's go to the grocery store," he declared. Curious about what her son was planning, Elijah's mother headed to the closest corner store where they picked up spinach, tomato sauce, onions and rice to combine with some ingredients they had at home. Elijah skillfully used the fresh ingredients to create Egusi Soup, a Senegalese dish he had just learned at Common Threads. Elijah then proceeded to cook the rice so his mother could take leftovers to work the next day.
Continued support from GlobalGiving donors like you will help to ensure that kids like Elijah living in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Washington, DC will be able to step up to the plate in their families and help create a healthier home with their newfound hands-on cooking knowledge. Thank you for your generosity.