Cooking with Kids has received a $25,000 donation from 2014 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, bringing the seven-year total to $125,000.
Los Alamos National Bank has also contributed $10,000 annually for the past two years, shared between CWK and SFW&CF.
“Cooking with Kids is honored by the faithful and generous support of Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta and Los Alamos National Bank. We are proud and fortunate to be part of Santa Fe’s innovative culinary and business communities,” said CWK Executive Director Lynn Walters. “These donations help bring CWK’s hands-on food education to thousands of public school children each year. Together we are creating a healthy future for Santa Fe!”
This year’s milestone gift was celebrated on April 7, 2015 with a “Big Check Ceremony” at Gonzales Community School. Joining 2nd graders from Deborah Barbe’s cooking class were SFW&CF and CWK Board Members, LANB’s Jillian Bartely and Kate Kennedy, volunteer CWK Super Chefs and Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Executive Director Greg O’Byrne.
“So many of our great Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta chefs participate with Cooking with Kids and we are honored to help bring them into the school room to work with our community’s children,” said Greg O’Byrne.
The very successful Super Chef program grew out of CWK’s commitment to connecting schools, children and their families to Northern New Mexico’s vibrant food community. Super Chefs donate their time and talent in cooking classes and inspire a new generation of chefs and healthy eaters. Cooking with Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers children and families to develop healthy eating habits through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultural traditions. Since 1995, thousands of Santa Fe Public School kids have participated in cooking classes and tasting classes. CWK has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leader in innovative programming for school-based nutrition education.