I hope all US Home-Ec 101 readers have a wonderful weekend celebrating Independence Day. The rest of you? Well, I still hope you have a happy 4th of July. (Remember that old lateral logic question -Do they have a 4th of July in England?)
I’m excited to announce that I’m working with the charity Cooking with the Troops.
CWtT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with 4 missions:
1. Providing a culinary change of pace for U.S. and Allied military personnel — particularly the wounded, injured, and ill — and medical caregivers
2. Providing educational resources, opportunities and transition assistance into food and beverage careers for those who serve
3. Gathering and sharing knowledge with and for troops on the front line and supporting same
4. Providing other direct and indirect assistance to support the care and well-being of U.S. and Allied military personnel and their families.
I met Blake at last year’s Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. I happened to be lurking in a hallway waiting for a friend and he struck up a conversation. While we talked, Blake described his vision of teaching military dependents and personnel how to cook; as a military brat, a navy brat to be specific, and a former chef I knew I had to get involved. Military families hold a special place in my heart and I am beyond thrilled to be working with CWtT.
From CWtT’s FAQ:
6. You want to educate the families?
Yes. Cooking lessons that used to be passed down in families no longer are. Those wounded are also going to have different nutrition needs. We want to help families learn how to cook good food fast rather than depend on fast food. In the process, we can teach both adults and children food and cooking basics, work with families and caregivers at need on special cases, and also let them all know that their sacrifices are appreciated as well. That we can do so in a tasty and fun way is a bonus.
Do you see why I’m so excited?
Later this month I’m flying to San Antonio, Texas where I’ll be assisting with the launch of Homefront Support. As part of this event Cooking With the Troops will be serving lunch -a traditional Cuban feast done by Val Prieto and Marta Darby- to 250 wounded veterans and dinner to 150 by Ellen Adams.
When I’m not elbow deep in prep work or teaching, I’ll document the event so you can learn more about the non-profit and its mission. In the meantime, fan Cooking with the Troops on Facebook to stay up to date with their efforts to support American and Allied Armed Forces.
Have a wonderful Independence Day, take the time to thank someone who has helped preserve our freedom, and be safe out there.