By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When Doug Barg was between jobs three years ago, he found something more gratifying. He was motivated by watching his son, Sean, a child who had been in and out of eight foster homes in ten years, turn to cooking as a means of coping.READ MORE: Pennsauken Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Killed Shadid Fauntleroy While Crossing Route 130
Hence was the founding of Kitchen Cred, a way for Barg to share his expertise in non-formal education to help kids who have experienced adversity become healthier, happier individuals in their communities.READ MORE: Upper Darby Mayor Unveils Plan To Resolve Battle Over Control Of Summer Stage
Beyond learning about nutrition and food preparation and cooking creatively, students develop self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. The six session program combines the experience of educators, chefs, nutritionists and the Barg family’s passion for all things culinary.
To increase its impact, Kitchen Cred partners with other groups and agencies and the program takes place at those sites – Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Youth Emergency Service Shelter and YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School among them.MORE NEWS: Man Robs 16-Year-Old Girl At Knifepoint At SEPTA Station, Police Say
Learn more about this inspiring not-for-profit initiative at KitchenCred.org.