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Camp Emmanuel kids learn about fruits and vegetables

Posted: July 22, 2014 6:05 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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More than 25 youngsters, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years, learned about fruits, vegetables and healthy eating as part of Camp Emmanuel at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Piggly Wiggly Produce Manager Jane Hunter explained a wide variety of fresh produce and provided samples for the children with the help of Jessica March, another Piggly Wiggly produce department worker who cut the fruits and vegetables into bite-size pieces.

“The biggest thing is exposing kids to fresh vegetables and fruits that they would never get to try, or they see them in the store but their parents won’t try them. When they see these presentations later on, they can say ‘I tried this at school’ or ‘I tried this at church.’ It just exposes them to more,” Hunter said. “Then, there’s the different countries. It’s a good way to learn that everything doesn’t come from down the street. Some things are shipped from really far away. Kids really enjoy it.”

Hunter held up produce and asked the children what it was. Most offered up answers, but someone would usually get it right. Then Hunter would explain where the fruit or vegetable is grown and how it is best prepared to be eaten before passing out samples with the help of Camp Emmanuel staff and volunteers.

Camp leader Valerie Grant said the camp started in 2007, teaching religious, education, reading, math, arts and crafts and physical education. The first saw only 10 participants, who paid $2 a day for the camp. Supported by United Way, the camp has grown over the years. The camp is also partnered with several local businesses and receives financial aid from East Camden Shalom, the Kershaw County School District and other benefactors.

“Some kids have never seen different kinds of cabbages, for example, and the different kinds of bananas she (Hunter) had to show them from the different countries,” Grant said. “So, this was a way to show them and expose them to these things.”


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