Cabell Huntington Hospital announced it will contribute another $50,000 to Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc., to help continue operations at Huntington's Kitchen for another year. The contribution is Cabell Huntington's second $50,000 gift to the kitchen, which offers a wide range of free and low-cost healthy cooking classes for anyone in the community.
Huntington's Kitchen, located at 911 Third Avenue, was created last fall by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who established the kitchen as his base of operations for the Emmy Award winning television series, "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," which aired on ABC-TV in March and April. At the conclusion of the show's production, Oliver turned the kitchen over to Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc., which, with Cabell Huntington Hospital's initial $50,000 contribution, began operating it as a hands-on, community cooking classroom February 23.
Since then, 375 people have participated in at least one healthy cooking class at Huntington's Kitchen and nearly half of those participants have graduated from the kitchen's 10-week "Basic Steps to Healthy Cooking" course. Additionally, the kitchen is now offering the "Operation Frontline" curriculum of free cooking and nutrition classes, sponsored by the Share Our Strength Foundation.
"Huntington's Kitchen has proved there is a real need and interest in our community to learn more about simple, healthy food preparation," said Brent A. Marsteller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabell Huntington Hospital. "Beyond that, Huntington’s Kitchen has done a remarkable job of meeting that need by offering a variety of free and low cost cooking classes that interest every segment of our population. We firmly believe that many of the health problems associated with unhealthy eating can be reduced by learning and adopting the lessons and techniques taught at Huntington's Kitchen."
"Ebenezer Medical Outreach is so thankful that Cabell Huntington Hospital has agreed to continue its support of Huntington's Kitchen with another generous donation of $50,000," said Yvonne Jones, Executive Director of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. "Without their support, we would not be able to continue to operate the Kitchen. I think it is progressive of Cabell Huntington Hospital to not just provide quality medical care to the region, but to also invest in prevention by supporting Huntington's Kitchen."
Jamie Oliver will soon begin work on a second season of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," which will take place in Los Angeles. He recently acknowledged Cabell Huntington Hospital's latest contribution in a video he produced for his international, online newsletter.
"Cabell Huntington Hospital has been a fantastic supporter of the Food Revolution in Huntington, and I am so pleased they are continuing their commitment to support the Kitchen and the future of the community," said Oliver. "The Revolution gang has been visiting and keeping up to date with Huntington's Kitchen and the classes are packed with people learning to cook. And it even looks like downtown Huntington is undergoing a transformation. There's a new restaurant and deli serving local, fresh-cooked food and even a great Farmer's Market. Cabell Huntington Hospital has been a key partner in this transformation."
In addition to Cabell Huntington Hospital's contributions to Huntington's Kitchen, the hospital also contributed $100,000 to Cabell County Schools to help remove the majority of processed foods from school lunches, develop new menus and train all school cooks to prepare meals from scratch using fresh, whole ingredients.