Lancaster organizations celebrate Black History Month with cooking workshops

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — The Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP) and Crispus Attucks Community Center are kicking off Black History Month with a series of “A Taste of African Heritage” cooking workshops. Participants will learn to cook various dishes while learning to eat healthy and African Heritage Cuisine.

“CAP has many programs that serve the residents of Lancaster County, and it’s wonderful to be able to work together and share our different gifts. The Nutrition Education Program is thrilled to bring this program, A Taste of African Heritage, to Crispus Attucks to share with the community and learn even more about the rich culture that has been passed down from generation to generation,” said Jennifer Overmoyer, CAP Nutrition. Education Program Manager, wrote in an email.

Kyra Nieto, a nutrition educator with CAP, hopes the program can provide helpful nutrition education to adults in the community – a change from the organization’s typical SNAP Education program which focuses on educating children aged school.

Nieto found the online program “A Taste of African Heritage” and was delighted to bring it to members of the Lancaster community. “I was blown away by the format and the content. It had so much cultural information, delicious recipes, tips for eating well,” Nieto said.

Participants will receive workbooks with lessons and recipes as well as cooking utensils like mixing bowls and food thermometers to take with them. The first six-week session, which is open to those eligible for SNAP Education benefits and completely free, is already full. There was so much interest in the program that Nieto hopes to do another series of cooking workshops later this year.

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“I hope that [participants] will leave with a new perspective on traditional cooking. New friendships, I hope people can make new friends during their stay,” Nieto said. “It’s just a great way to learn about different recipes and eat well and do something that could be really fun with other people in the community.”

Crispus Attucks Community Center Manager Josh Hunter said in an email: “These workshops depict us breaking bread with our community, our food is just as expressive and colorful as we are. This food helps tell our story and hopefully in the process it builds relationships.

To celebrate Black History Month, Crispus Attucks Community Center will also be offering soul food meal on Thursdays in February, National Pizza Day Lunch Pack, and one fashion show.

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