Kids Pantry has another go after fire

johnboy 28 February 2011 5

Last month we reported on the fire in Pialligo which took out the children’s cooking school “Kids Pantry“.

They now report that they’re re-opening with assitance from the St Peter and Paul school in Garran.

It’s been a tough time for founder Theresa Bradaric. The venture was only months old but was already attracting incredible interest, with cooking parties booked months ahead and school holiday programs
filled to capacity.

“We were obviously devastated to see our dream literally go up in smoke, ” she said.

“But the overwhelming support we received from the Canberra community kept us going. And then we received a truly extraordinary phone call.”

Sts. Peter and Paul Primary School in Garran, a Catholic school with a purpose built, state-of-the-art children’s kitchen and environment education centre, situated alongside a Kitchen Garden maintained by students, contacted Theresa with an offer to use their facilities.

In what appears a natural alignment of philosophies between Kids Pantry and the school, Sts. Peter and Paul’s offers a program of pleasurable food education, as part of its Environmental Studies curriculum, to all its students from Kindergarten to Year 6, aiming to positively influence children’s food choices in ways that have not been tried before.

They’re offering after school and Saturday classes.

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5 Responses to Kids Pantry has another go after fire
Mr Lubberlubber Mr Lubberlubber 10:29 pm 01 Mar 11

+1 Rach117

My kids only just got their new knives a few days before it burnt down. They’re looking forward to going again, but I hope they open up in Pialligo again soon. It felt so right being in a more rural area (with lots of planes) and I reckon that going to a school is going to feel a bit less special.

rach117 rach117 10:47 pm 28 Feb 11

My girl too is delighted to return to kids pantry soon. Hearing about the fire was such horrible news and we’re really glad no one was hurt. The space was set up perfectly for the kids to learn about the importance of food and the fire was such bad luck. She can’t wait to get cooking again in the new location.

Dave from OzHarvest Dave from OzHarvest 8:17 pm 28 Feb 11

What a fantastic thing to do. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the school to address the kids about what OzHarvest does. I was amazed at the gardens, recycling areas and particularly, the kids! Didn’t they give me a grilling in the Q&A session! Makes you feel very optimistic about the future when you meet kids like this.

Bad Seed Bad Seed 6:56 pm 28 Feb 11

Yay, my 10 year old is delighted, her party can go ahead after all!

gospeedygo gospeedygo 4:44 pm 28 Feb 11

Probably shouldn’t let the kids cook if they end up burning the place down.

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