FoodCorps Michigan hosts workshop on locally sourced food and healthy recipes

By Jeff Milo, Macomb Daily

Next week kids will be back in the classroom, and back in their school’s cafeterias. Emma Laut wants to teach them to make more nutritional choices.

Laut is a FoodCorps/AmeriCorps service member serving at Ferndale Lower Elementary. She will host a free program Wednesday, Aug. 23 to give kids a hands-on learning experience about cooking and creating healthy recipes from locally sourced ingredients.

“A vast majority of schools are, no pun intended, hungry … for this kind of programming!” Laut said. She served as the nutrition and school garden leader with kindergarten through second-grade students at Ferndale Lower Elementary last year to create hands-on learning experiences, prioritize healthy lunches and promote a schoolwide culture of health.

FoodCorps Michigan is part of a national initiative, aligned with the AmeriCorps service network, to deliver nutrition education around the state. AmeriCorps is a civil society program with up to 80,000 volunteers serving to improve education, public safety, the environment and public health. There are more than 200 FoodCorps service members across the nation.