Heathy Eating and Cooking, from Scratch!

RFDA Fun Days

By Joelle Krupa (age 8)

The RFDA (Regional Food Distribution Association) Fun Days are incredible! It is a great opportunity for kids 7-12 to learn how to work in the kitchen. Before lunch there are arts and crafts and a little snack. After lunch you do more fun activities and have another snack. You will make lunch for yourself from scratch and then you’ll have a side dish like french fries or cheese biscuits. All the kids come into the kitchen to help make lunch. The adults assist you to do lots of different things in the kitchen.

Making soup with carrots, potatoes, celery, and lots of other vegetables.

On my first visit, our group made soup with carrots, potatoes, celery, and lots of other vegetables. We had to peel and cut all the vegetables. We even added fresh ginger. I never knew that you could put ginger in soup. It was fun because I learned new skills. We used a vegetable peeler to peel the carrots and potatoes and we used big knives to cut them. This was a great experience because it is not something that many kids do because many stores have meals ready to cook in the oven or cans of soup. The food tasted very good! All of us appreciated the food and were very proud of ourselves because we made it from scratch.

The cheese biscuits and the french fries were the most delicious I have ever had in my whole life because I made them. The soup was so good that even if there was a vegetable you didn’t like in it you couldn’t taste it because it was mixed in with all the other vegetables and broth. Each week there is a theme, such as farm to table, pizza day, and magical gardens. The RFDA program is on Thursdays in the summer and runs from 9 am to 4 pm for a full day or you can do a half day from 12:30 to 4 pm. It is good because you get to learn about healthy eating and how to prepare food. It is amazing; you should go.There is only a month left—that means only five days, so sign up now!