Cabell Huntington Hospital Donates Another $50k!Mon 19 Sep 2011
Story by The Food Revolution Team
Last week, Cabell Huntington Hospital announced that it would be contributing another $50,000 to Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc., to help continue operation at Huntington’s Kitchen for another year.
This third gift of $50,000 from Cabell Huntington Hospital will help continue the great work being done since the kitchen opened in February 2010. More than 930 people have received at least one healthy cooking class and 460 have gone on to graduate from the kitchen’s 10-week ‘Basic Steps to Healthy Cooking’ course and 48 low-income individuals have completed the ‘Cooking Matters’ curriculum of free cooking and nutrition classes, sponsored by the Share Our Strength Foundation.
“We’re very proud of the dedicated staff and volunteers doing such vitally important work at Huntington’s Kitchen,” said Brent A. Marsteller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabell Huntington Hospital. “Huntington’s Kitchen is touching lives in our community every day, and we are confident these efforts will eventually bear much-needed fruit in the form of improved health in our region.”
“We are so thankful for Cabell Huntington Hospital’s continued support of Huntington’s Kitchen,” said Yvonne Jones, Executive Director of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. “Without it, we would not be able to provide these valuable cooking classes to our community. Knowing how to cook nutritious and delicious meals is critical to improving our health. Cabell Huntington Hospital recognizes the value of healthy eating by supporting Huntington’s Kitchen. They are to be applauded for their foresight.”
In addition to Cabell Huntington Hospital’s three gifts totaling $150,000, the hospital contributed another $10,000 to the kitchen earlier this year to help it further develop the Huntington’s Kitchen Fresh Market, which works with local food growers to make fresh, local produce more available and affordable throughout the community.
With an additional $100,000 that the hospital contributed to Cabell County Schools in 2010 to pay for training all school cooks how to prepare meals from scratch using fresh, whole ingredients, Cabell Huntington has pledged or contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars toward nutrition improvement projects initiated by the season 1 of ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’, over the past two years.
Huntington’s Kitchen was originally established as “Jamie’s Kitchen” during series one of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. When filming ended, Jamie wanted the kitchen to remain open to the public, to further his mission of bringing cooking skills back to the people of Huntington and we are delighted that with these donations along with the support of local non-profit Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc (EMO) who offered to oversee operations of the kitchen, that this is exactly what is happening!
Cabell Huntington Hospital Press Release
Media Contact: Charles Shumaker, Media Relations Manager, (304) 399.6742
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