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News Release

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

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

 

Taylorville, 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 Taylorville. The camp was held June 26-29 at the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville. 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, McKenna Wagner, stated, “I never knew there was a difference between liquid and dry measuring cups. We also learned to pack down brown sugar, but only scoop flour into measuring cups.”

The camp was coordinated by Jodi Heberling, Christian County Community Worker, SNAP-ED, with assistance from Crystal Carpani, Montgomery County Community Worker, SNAP-ED.  Also, Morgan Cauble, SNAP-ED Extra-Help, Iva Lou Ashbrook and Karen Wilson was on hand to help teach lessons and work with participants throughout this camp. The First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville 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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Jr. Chefs Maelie Heberling (L) and Abbie Rexroad (R), assited by Ethan Belsher – Jr. Chef helper, pour the toppings on their group’s apple crisp.

Local Contact: Jodi Heberling, Community Worker, SNAP-ED, heberlin@illinois.edu