June 27, 2014
Art of Food â€” Produced by Monica Rogozinski
Sunday Suppers, a community outreach program started by sociologist and chef Linda Samost, is changing the way families think about food. These suppers take currently place inside Memphis Street Academy in Kensignton, with plans to expand to other locations within the next couple of years. Sunday Suppers provides low-income families a free healthy meal and a chance to attend a sit down dinner in a restaurant atmosphere. Once a week, participants meet at the school’s cafeteria for a program that includes nutrition and cooking lessons, and some group exercise prior to sitting down for a freshly prepared meal. At the end, each family gets a to-go bag with ingredients and directions to make healthy meals at home. As a result of coming to the Sunday Suppers “families are expanding and altering their food choices” as well as having more opportunities to socialize and volunteer. Join Friday Arts as we take a look into how Linda Samost runs Sunday Suppers each week, and the ways it’s positively impacting problems affecting the community such as hunger, obesity, and diabetes.
Web Extra: Linda Samost, creator of Sunday Suppers speaks in depth about the impact the program has on participant’s lives. Included are a success story, the explanation of a â€śkitchen assessmentâ€ť and Linda’s wish for the future of Sunday Suppers.