FIC Member Chef Jim Warner Teaching Children Healthy Eating
FIC member Jim Warner, head chef and program director of Food and Nutrition at the Wexner Medical Center, is teaching children healthy eating by participating in the the Chefs in the City program. The Chefs in the City program brings fresh produce to kids living in the inner city.
Chefs in the City was established last year as a partnership between the OSU Wexner Medical Center and OSU Extension Franklin County. The program is based out of the Highland Youth Garden of Hilltop, Ohio, where students help garden, as well as learn about healthy eating and take-home produce.
Jim Warner said he works with children who have never had access to produce. Hilltop is a food desert, Warner said, meaning there are no grocery stores, markets or access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Many children, he said, live on fast food.
“I’ll have kids try a raspberry from the garden, and they look up at me smiling and saying ‘num’ because they’ve never had one before,” Warner said.