January 20, Martin Luther King Day, is a day off from school and work for many, but not for Jenna Lebowich and Cook Learn Live. We choose to honor Dr. King’s legacy by observing the day as one of community service. We’ll be opening our White Plains kitchen from 10am to Noon on the 20th for kids and families to participate in a community service project that both tastes good and does good – our “Cookies for a Cause” event. Come join us to bake cookies, brownies, and muffins for a local homeless shelter using our healthier than usual recipes. The program is open to children 8 and up as a drop off event (those ages 5 – 8 must bring an adult) but all parents and grandparents are welcome to join the fun. The program fee is $40 per person. Register by email to Jenna@cooklearnlive.com or call 917-834-5596.
Our “Cookies for a Cause” goodies and bags of fresh fruit will be donated to the Volunteers of America Grasslands Shelter in Valhalla. Government and other regular funding to the shelter covers the cost of weekday meals for shelter residents, but does not allow for desserts or weekend meals. The shelter relies on private donations from local individuals and organizations to fill this gap. Our baked goods and the fruit we deliver will allow the shelter staff to provide their residents with some sweet treats along with their regular meals. All of our participants will be invited to create a cheeful note or picture for the shelter residents and staff to be included with our delivery, and each will go home with a recipe packet.
According to http://mlkday.gov/about/serveonkingday.php, “The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.” Please join us on January 20th to create sweetness for those whose lives are not otherwise sweet and to support the program staff who help them daily.