Gonzaga University’s $5,000 grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation’s Wasmer Fund for Children and Families will allow mentoring programs in the Center for Community Action and Service-Learning to create a nutrition education program and offer hearty, healthful snacks.
The nutrition program is important to Gonzaga and its mentoring programs because hungry children have difficulty learning. Currently, the Campus Kitchen Project, a nonprofit, national food-recycling program provides the “snack” for the campus-based mentoring programs. Due to increased demand at local food banks and difficult times for restaurants and grocery stores, the budgeted quantity was not meeting the program’s needs. For some children, this “snack” is their evening meal.
In addition to increasing the amount of food Campus Kitchen can prepare, the money will allow the program to develop a nutritional curriculum to go with the expanded snack program. Student mentors will receive training to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating.
Pairs will learn together about the food pyramid, growing cycles, and reading nutritional labels. The program will introduce new, inexpensive and nutrient-rich foods and teach new ways to prepare the food through meal demonstrations and recipes.
The Florence Wasmer Fund for Children and Families awards grants to organizations and programs whose mission is to provide support to children, families and individuals in the form of shelter, nutrition, health care, education and other human services.
For more information, please contact Katie Kaiser, mentoring programs coordinator at Gonzaga’s CCASL program, via e-mail or at (509) 313-6821.