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Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
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Email: uie-cjmm@illinois.edu
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1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
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201 W. Exchange St.
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
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#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
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News Release

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

STONINGTON, 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 Stonington. The camp was held July 10-13 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall in Stonington. 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, Camren White, stated, “I learned how to properly use a knife and cook new recipes.”

The camp was coordinated by Jodi Heberling, Christian County Community Worker, SNAP-ED, with assistance from, Morgan Cauble, SNAP-ED Extra-Help. In addition, Kris Daugherty, Linda Devore, Lorrie Foor and Nancy Marsh were on hand to help teach lessons and work with participants throughout this camp. Holy Trinity Catholic Church 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: Jr. Chef Nadia Merker, tries to scoop out her kiwi using a technique she learned in camp.

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