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Tulsa Housing Authority started a cooking program to teach kids life-long skills

Posted at 6:57 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 07:57:13-05

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Housing Authority (THA) is teaching food skills to some of its youngest residents at one of their affordable properties.

“We started cooking with the kids probably about a year ago. After they did homework, a lot of them wanted to cook," explains Lisa Henderson, a social services coordinator.

She started an eight-week cooking program at the Parkview Terrace Apartments in west Tulsa.

"I wanted to do easy things that they can do at home. This week though, they picked it themselves," says Henderson of the meatball spaghetti recipe and cupcakes the kids picked.

Currently, there are six elementary kids taking the program after school.

They meet in the apartment complex's resource center, which is one of 13 centers at THA's housing communities. The goal is to bring residents together and connect them with supportive services and resources.

Each class, the kids make a main meal and a snack or dessert. Henderson says there's also a university nutritionist from Oklahoma State University who helps the kids out in the kitchen and teaches them about "what's health, what snacks they should have versus other things."

Currently, THA provides assistance to more than 20,000 individuals in Tulsa.

The Parkview Terrace Apartments are located at the 1600 block of West 59th Street.

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