Flint Kids Cook -- MSU Community Collaboration
FSHN's Dr. Amy Saxe-Custack helped develop Flint Kids Cook for 8-14 year olds at the Flint Farmer's Market. Supported by a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the hands-on program has continued as an after-school activity.
Flint Kids Cook was initiated in October 2017 as a six-week pilot program for children (ages 8 to 14 years) at the Flint Farmers' Market. Created by Dr. Amy Saxe-Custack and Sean Gartland (Culinary Director at Flint Farmers' Market), the program, facilitated by a chef and registered dietitian, was designed to allow children to actively participated in chopping, peeling, measuring, mixing, roasting, and sautéing fresh, healthy foods while learning about the importance of nutrition.
Through a recent grant from Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Flint Kids Cook is now available as an after-school activity for children at the Flint Farmers' Market and Haskell Community Center in Flint. In addition to gathering feedback about the classes from families, Dr. Saxe-Custack is measuring changes in dietary patterns, cooking attitudes and cooking skills of participating children.