The Lunch Box Workshops: Cooking and nutrition activities for children and families
Action Communiterre has become the fiduciary of the Lunch Box Project. We are proud to be able to contribute to the achievements of the coordinator Merissa Nudelman and her team!The Lunch Box Workshops are part of a project led by the Comité Action 6-12 since 2003, aimed at the education of healthy eating and food security for the families of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Within the framework of this project, students in elementary and highschool, as well as families in the neighbourhood may participate in the educational cooking workshops which are free thanks to the community centres of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
Lunch Box organizes 4 principle activities:
1. Extracurricular cooking workshops for children in 4th and 5th grade
Children learn how to prepare a simple lunch, nutritional and inspired by different tastes of the world. They can then take home the final product and bring it to school for lunch the next day.
2. Extracurricular cooking workshops for highschool students
The students of St. Luc's Highschool learn healthy eating habits by participating in group cooking workshops. (Notably, offered to students enrolled in specialized courses and for newly arrived children.)
3. Family cultural cooking workshops
Families prepare and enjoy meals from around the world. The workshops are co-animated by an invited guest from the cultural community.
4. Summer picnics for families
Families collectively prepare a picnic full of fruits and vegetables. The picnics take place in different parks and community gardens around NDG.
To celebrate our cultural differences, the Lunch Box Workshops will select recipes from all over the world, allowing students to discover different foods and cultures.