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News Release

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Extension Cooks Up Fun with “Jr Chef” Culinary Camp in Nokomis

NOKOMIS, Ill. - This summer, University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with INEP Illinois Nutrition Education Program SNAP-ED hosted “Illinois Jr Chef” cooking camp in Nokomis. The camp was held June 5-8 at the First Baptist Church in Nokomis. The free camp was open to children between the ages of 8-12 years. The camp offered kids the opportunity to make their own nutritious meals and get excited about healthy foods, such as whole grains and low fat dairy. The program also showed participants how to add more fruits and vegetables to their daily meals. Students not only learned how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals, but they also became aware of the importance of hand washing and good sanitation practices. Food and kitchen safety are good habits that will stick with them for years to come.

 

Illinois Jr Chefs is a hands-on, interactive program that youth love. Participants received a certificate and cookbook with recipes they had prepared and important educational handouts to take home and share with their families. Participant, Mattie Johnson, stated, “I never helped in the kitchen before, but from now on I’m going to help my grandma out.”

 

The camp was coordinated by Jodi Heberling, Christian County Community Worker, SNAP-ED, and Crystal Carpani, Montgomery County Community Worker, SNAP-ED. Morgan Cauble, SNAP-ED Extra-Help, was on hand to also assist with lessons and work with participants throughout this camp. First Baptist Church of Nokomis generously donated use of its facilities for the camp. The program was made possible through a partnership with University of Illinois Extension and INEP Illinois Nutrition Education Program.

 

University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm or contact your local Extension office.

 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo.  Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.

 

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Photo Caption: Chefs Elessa Jett (L) and Jahna Guinn (R), kept stirring their chicken and vegetable chowder to prevent burning at the Illinois Jr. Chef Camp in Nokomis

 

Local Contact: Crystal Carpani, , ccarpani@illinois.edu