Kids cooking up a storm
FOUR local businesses have teamed up with the Douglas Shire Council to deliver a much-need kitchen to the Mossman Youth Centre.
The kitchen has already had a positive impact on the youngsters who are learning the value of nutrion and how to cook at home.
Cindy Small from NQ Homes recruited the help of M & R Kitchens, Reece Plumbing and Status Plus when she noticed the lack of cooking facilities at the centre.
“We only worked off a portable table with a toast machine,” said youth development co-ordinator Besarah Harris.
The businesses set to work transforming the derelict space into a functioning kitchen with a brand new stove, fridge and sink.
Ms Harris said the kitchen had opened up a window of opportunity for the youths.
“This has enabled us to provide good, healthy cooking,” she said.
“The kids are on board to learn new skills, new tech- niques and new flavours with healthy produce like fresh vegetables.
“Another positive outcome of having this kitchen has been the idea to identify school kids, from primary school to high school with low attendance that aren’t getting lunch and — because we have a facility now — do a program called Food for Thought.”
As a result of the program, she said, staff at the youth centre were able to provide the youngsters with sufficient nutrition so they had a good capacity to think about their homework and their schoolwork and encourage a high attendance.
Council contributed $4000 to the project and provided consultancy during construc- tion, as the centre is in a world heritage building.
Mayor Julia Leu spoke of the necessity of the kitchen and the importance of balanced meals for children.