Winnipeg Foundation Gets Kids Cooking!

by Prairie Division
Categories: Prairie News

Thanks to The Winnipeg Foundation, children ages seven to 12 are learning how to plan, prepare and cook healthy food at The Salvation Army's Barbara Mitchell Family Centre (BMFRC) in the Alpine Place neighbourhood of Winnipeg.

T.A.S.K. (Together After School for Kids) is a no-cost healthy food program offered to girls and boys, with a focus on having fun while learning the importance of good health.  Kids explore various ways to make healthier choices through hands-on healthy food preparation, activities and group discussions.

In the past three years, the program has grown exponentially due to the Foundation's support with helping improve the children's skill level and strengthening families in the neighbourhood.  The BMFRC’s ability to meet the community needs through this specific type of programming has strengthened and presented valuable learning and growth not only for the children who participate, but the staff as well.  The Winnipeg Foundation’s assistance has been pivotal in helping develop the skill sets of the children, and their competence and ability has increased to where they are able to prepare dinner for guests, and even set and served a three-course meal to their families last December.

The Salvation Army's Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre believes that if you give newcomer families from marginalized communities an opportunity to access a culturally safe place where they can come together and access immediate supports to build a network, practice English skills and embrace cultural values in Canada without having to abandon their own, they will be more likely to integrate wholly, experience reduced risk of social isolation and participate in a vibrant, sustainable community.  The BMFRC delivers tailored programming to youth, seniors and families, and offers volunteer opportunities.  For more information please call 204.946.9152.

The Winnipeg Foundation is a public charitable organization, built through generous gifts of all sizes that are pooled and permanently invested. The interest earned from these endowments generates a sustainable source of support for local charitable projects. In 2015, they received nearly $24.9 million in gifts and granted $27.7 million to more than 900 organizations.  To learn more about making a gift to the community, please visit