Understanding that providing food access and teaching people how to grow food are only two parts of solving the food insecurity solution, we collect gently-used cookware, cooking utensils, plates, etc that can be redistributed to those who are without. These distributions coincide with community-based cooking education, ranging from how to perform basic food preparation to preparing quick, easy, nutritious meals.
Nutrition and Cooking Classes
We often get asked why cooking/nutrition education is so important.
Typically the ones asking this are the ones who haven’t actually spent time around those they are serving, and thus, cannot really understand.
“Why” is best explained with a simple example.
We know that freshly prepared food is better for you than processed foods. Let’s say you would like to teach someone to make salsa from scratch. You give them a recipe card and a tomato to start.
The assumption is that you have given them all the necessary tools required to start making salsa, correct?
Wrong. You are assuming a few things.
1. That they have a knife and cutting board in which to slice and dice the tomato
2. That they know what “dice” even means.
If they don’t have the knife and they have never been shown what dicing is, then this recipe is inaccessible to them and essentially worthless.
Put yourself in the shoes of the person who is reading the recipe card and you can begin to see why it is easier to just go purchase the unhealthy jar of processed salsa from the dollar store, even though it may actually cost more than making it yourself.
StarkFresh is committed to the success of cooking/nutrition classes being held throughout the county by helping host or coordinate classes, but also by assisting with fresh food purchases and solving distribution challenges for several of these programs.
Gently Used Pots, Pans, & Garden Tools
Why? This is another “Why not” program of ours. We already have sites that we are going where people need access to cookware along with their food, so we thought we’d start collecting things that people were disposing of and repurpose them to those who could better use them.
We accept gently used pots, pans, silverware, knives and other utensils and even bowls, bakeware and some small appliances that we clean, organize and then redistribute out to our community’s various cooking and nutrition classes.
We also collect gently used gardening tools, supplies and small motorized equipment that our volunteers can use on our farm sites to help grow fresh, nutrient-dense and healthy food for our community.
Excess tools are put into our free community garden tool lending library.