Those on the homefront face a unique set of challenges. For adult family members, a deployment is a time of stress and worry, with the added component of taking care of normal life activities by themself. For children, it is a time of worry with the added stress of picking up the emotions of the adults. For the wounded, it is the challenge of recovery coupled with uncertainty over the future. They all still serve, though they but sit and wait.
To help with some of these challenges, Cooking with the Troops is developing a series of events of events that will explore how to do good food fast (rather than fast food). These events will guide the participants through basic food safety, nutrition, cooking techniques, and then have them team up to prepare different elements of a meal that will then be served family-style.
Developed by volunteer and professional chef Ellen Adams, three different events have been created: one for wounded; one for adults; and, one for children. While based on the same core components, each is tailored for its audience and designed to provide a fun experience even while providing knowledge of cooking that will benefit lives through improved nutrition, expanded horizons, and help to the budgetary bottom-line. Finally, these events will help share some of the cooking basics that used to be passed down in families, but all-to-often are not these days.
This program is made possible in part through a grant by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans, and their families so they can have successful futures. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, visit www.ReMIND.org.