Kitchen Possible, a local 501c3 that works to build empowered mindsets in underserved kids through cooking, was named the recipient of Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day set for October 17.
Participation is simple. Shoppers buy groceries at one of any 28 Whole Foods Market stores in Illinois on October 17 and the company donates 5% of the day’s net sales to Kitchen Possible.
Whole Foods Market hosts several Community Giving Days per year, offering customers the opportunity to make a difference through their regular grocery shopping. On these days, 5% of the designated store’s net sales go to a nonprofit organization in the local community. Past recipients include Chicago Foundation for Education, Chicago Public Library, Slow Food Chicago, and Chicago Parks Foundation.
Kitchen Possible, founded three years ago by advertising executive and activist Katie Lowman, empowers kids 8-12 years old by teaching them how to make amazing things happen in the kitchen. As they learn to cook, kids in the program develop confidence, a sense of control, and a make-it-happen attitude that sets them up for success outside the kitchen. Kitchen Possible offers programming in Pilsen at Gads Hill Center, East Garfield Park at Breakthrough FamilyPlex, and starting in January 2020, Greater Grand Crossing at Gary Comer Youth Center.
“Cooking offers so many lessons for kids,” said Lowman. “At Kitchen Possible, we believe that when a child learns to cook, they don’t just learn about flavors and feeding themselves. They learn about making things happen. It opens up so many meaningful conversations about life- like the importance of trying again when you fail, asking for help, working on a team, being flexible- and in a way that kids actually want to pay attention to.”
“Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day is dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations in our local communities that may have limited budgets but have very big hearts,” said Nancy LaBreacht, Marketing Specialist at Whole Foods Market. “We’re proud to partner with Kitchen Possible this fall and to continue to watch them make a difference in young lives through cooking.”