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Joe currently works third
shift and has been sharing housing with a family member. His schedule means
that he has limited time in the kitchen where he won’t wake up the household,
so his “cooking” has consisted of grabbing a quick bite after work or eating
whatever happens to be in the house. Plus, he shares that he never really
learned any kitchen skills growing up and was scared to try and cook.
Last week, Joe and five other Getting Ahead graduates completed Getting FURTHER
Ahead, a class that uses cooking, budgeting, meal planning and goal setting to
help grads stretch themselves and what they have. For many grads, the idea of
experimenting in the kitchen is filled with risk because there is no extra food
to replace a failed recipe or to buy a new kitchen tool. This often leads to a
reliance on pre-packaged food and little nutritional variety.
After completing the class, Joe says he feels like he can now try new things in
the kitchen and make them taste good. He says, “For me, it was about gaining a
new tool. I didn’t have that before and now I do. It’s nice to know I can
cook!” He is preparing to move into his own place and is glad that he will be
comfortable and confident in his very own kitchen and we can’t wait to see what
he starts whipping up. Knowing Joe, we are prepared to be amazed by what he
accomplishes with his new skills!
Many thanks to The University of Findlay Occupational Therapy
Program for helping Getting Ahead grads continue to build their resources and
to the Halt Hunger Initiative for funding this year's