Free healthy eating program strengthens community
TAMPA, Florida – The Harvest Hope Garden in the University District of Tampa is a place where children and adults in the community can learn how to grow and prepare their food.
“[We’re] show how you can use the five senses to cook and how, at a young age, you can still be engaged in the kitchen, and prepare someone to successfully feed not only their stomach, but also their mind, body and their soul, ”said Dhalia Bumbaca, CEO of Wellfed Community.
In this free class, children learn how to use what they grow in the garden to make a healthy snack.
“We try to use recipes without heat. Our goal with that is that we don’t want it to be something that they can’t come home from school and cook on their own,” Bumbaca said.
“It makes me happy,” said Zaiden Blake, 7. “Me [sic] and my siblings can cook for my own family. “
“I can plant here and eat the strawberries and I really love growing the ingredients to make soup and stuff,” said 8-year-old KJ Jinkins.
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The program is part of the University Area Community Development Corporation, whose mission is to foster positive change.
“We think it’s really important to provide opportunities for area residents to come together to learn. To learn and grow and create a sense of community effectiveness that this community lacks. So programs like this not only kids but adults can come together, learn new skills and be able to make meaningful friendships along the way, ”said Sarah Combs, CEO of the University Zone CDC. .
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