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“Cook for Kids” to Benefit Innovative Healthy Kids Program

Cook and Grow is a revolving after-school program for children ages 8 to 13 years old. Founded by Chef Mona Jackson, the program takes a commitment of two and a half hours every Tuesday and Wednesday for six weeks. Designed to address the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and the dramatic increase of childhood obesity, students learn about growing, preparing and cooking healthier meals, and how to read and understand food labels.

  The junior chefs will use fresh vegetables and herbs growing in the Michelle Obama Community Garden located off of the children's wing of the downtown Bridgeport Public Library Burroughs & Saden branch. “Cook for Kids” Benefit will take place Friday, August 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. (rain date August 19) in the garden.

Call 203.543.9493 for tickets to the “Cook for Kids” Benefit or to donate. $25 per person, $40 per couple. Cook and Grow is in partnership with its fiduciary, Friends of the Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport Public Library, Wholesome Wave, Casey Family Services, Bridgeport Housing Authority, and Gilberties Herbs. Please consider sponsoring one or more students and positively impacting their lives with this unique educational opportunity. Now accepting applications for Fall 2011 session. Limited space. Download application at CookandGrow.org. Program tuition is $240 per student and is 100% tax deductible.

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