Lending a Hand at L.A. Kitchen = Cooking and Family Fun

By Christina Elston

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Kids can learn about food waste, play with ugly veggies and help those in need at L.A. Kitchen’s family-friendly prep days. PHOTO COURTESY L.A. KITCHEN

Here are four reasons to bring your kids to Family Friendly Kitchen Prep at L.A. Kitchen, a nonprofit just north of Downtown that reclaims local food and provides healthy meals to those in need.

1. They’ll have fun (yes, fun) with fruits and vegetables.

2. They’ll learn about food waste.

3. They’ll help families in need.

4. They’ll get to cook without making a mess in your kitchen.

The kids – ages 7 and up, working alongside their parents – will help prep fruits and vegetables by sorting, washing, mushing bananas and avocados and doing other knife-free tasks. The food, all reclaimed from farmers, wholesale markets and some restaurants, will go into meals delivered to seniors, low-income families in transition and some after-school programs. “We’ll be able to explain to kids that they’re working with food that was going to be thrown into the trash can,” says Volunteer Programs Specialist Elena Lopez. “We’re dealing with food that’s too ugly, that can’t even make it to the grocery store.”

L.A. Kitchen’s culinary staff will be on hand to assist participants, and some of those ugly veggies will be used in fun craft activities.

Upcoming family prep days are 9 a.m.-noon July 11 and Aug. 8 and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 26. L.A. Kitchen is located at 230 W. Avenue 26, L.A. Participation costs $5 for up to two children and is free for accompanying adults. Learn more at www.lakitchen.org/summer-events.

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