Provision of Nutritious Food and Intentional Cooking is a critical part of the FS program.
Mothers learn what kind of food ensures healthy child development and prevents chronic health issues. The program participants are offered 12 consecutive days of Intentional Cooking training, where they learn to prepare 12 different kinds of nutritious food, with locally-available ingredients. Mothers are taught the importance of nutrients for their child’s development and the importance of hygiene and hand washing. De-worming treatments are administered to the children by local healthcare professionals.
The cooking trainings are hands-on activities, where each mother cooks a meal for the children who accompanied her to the facility. Children and mothers are encouraged to attend the sessions together and eat the food they prepared. Each day starts and ends with prayer – a way of recognizing God’s providence in bringing the FS program to their community. At the end of 12 days, mothers are provided with a one-week supply of dry food that they learned how to cook that day, to be used for their families (usually locally-grown dry foods, such as rice, beans, cereal, etc.).