HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kids Cooking Local (KCL) is a free educational program offered by the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF) in partnership with After-School All-Stars and the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii that works to provide students in Title I schools with access to fresh, prepared foods. Throughout the course of the academic semester, students work side-by-side with a professional chef to learn about various types of locally grown produce, food preparation, kitchen skills (such as food storage and washing produce), proper cleaning practices and how to be creative in cooking. KCL also addresses food insecurity in these communities, instills the importance of the local agriculture industry and encourages families to adopt a healthy, balanced diet.
The program currently operates in two After-School All-Stars schools, Jarrett Middle School and Waianae Intermediate School, and two Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii sites, Charles C. Spalding Clubhouse and Hale Pono ?Ewa Beach Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Teen Center. The goals of KCL are to provide students and families that do not have adequate food with fresh, locally grown produce; teach students the importance of eating healthy and how to cook using fresh, locally grown produce; and to educate students on where their food comes from and the importance of our local agricultural industry.