Koinonia launches Teaching Kitchen for foster youth

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United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner Koinonia Family Services created a Teaching Kitchen thanks to support by Herbalife Family Foundation and Bank of America. The kitchen is to ensure foster youth in the program receive proper nutrition education, learn how to create healthy meals for themselves and a group, and explore career opportunities in the culinary field. Check out the pictures of the grand opening in Sacramento Press.

“This was a great opportunity to show our kids how much this community cares about them and to show our community members how much their generosity makes a difference in young lives,” said Bill Ryland, Koinonia Homes for Teens administrator. “The kids and guests alike had a great time.”

Prior to the Teaching Kitchen, teens in the program learned how to cook nutritious meals, but were gathered in a small kitchen with few appliances and just enough curriculum to ensure they learned the basics. With the new kitchen, more teens can gather around a kitchen island designed for instruction and use new appliances. Koinonia also will bring in more guest speakers to teach about nutrition and cooking as a profession.