SPORK at Arkansas Childrens Hospital
The SPORK Program’s mission is
----To educate school children and their families about the benefits of nutritious eating through hands-on cooking experience.
----To equip students and families with the information, resources and know-how to choose a healthy lifestyle.
----To empower youth to take an active role in the selection and preparation of their meals.
SPORK is a nutrition-based, hands-on cooking series for kids and families and is offered to patients and employees of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) as well as to the wider Central Arkansas community. We teach a wide variety of kitchen, and life, skills in a fun, safe environment. SPORK seeks to change kids' relationship to food and is taught in 8 sessions over 8 weeks. An extensive home cooking program, it touches all bases from kitchen safety to affordable family meals and results in kids and families cooking nutritious meals together at home. We visit the garden to learn about growing food and harvest whatever is available, we prepare food for a local food pantry, we go grocery shopping to practice shopping on a budget for fresh food.