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Food Literacy: It’s More Than Just Cooking at New Sacramento Center

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, September 28, 2012

Amber Stott is facing about 20 kids at Capitol Heights Academy in Oak Park. Adult volunteers chop squash and apples. But it's not just a cooking class. It's food literacy.

"Food literacy we define as understanding the impact of your food choices on your health, on the community and on the planet," says Stott.

She founded the program a year ago. First evaluations show 88 percent of the children already can read a nutrition label and 70 percent have requested things they've tasted in class at home.  

"Last week in class we tasted peaches and plums and 10% of the kids had never tasted a plum before."

The Food Literacy Center has its launch at Mayahuel Restaurant at 1 pm on Saturday, Sept. 29th.  There will be a quiz to see if the adults know as much about food literacy as the kids in Stott's classes.
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