Help Low-Income Families Cook Healthy Meals with Nurture


Do you love to cook and are looking to volunteer? If so, the nonprofit Nurture, founded by Winnetka resident Kathryn Guylay, may be the perfect fit for you.

Nurture provides cooking classes to low-income families, teaching them how to make quick, easy and healthy meals on a tiny budget, primarily using combinations of inexpensive grains and broth in slow cookers and rice cookers. The classes are held at the Northfield Township Food Pantry and, most recently, Family Focus in Evanston.

To see a recipe from Nurture, click here.

Give time: Nurture is always seeking volunteers, and is holding its fall volunteer orientation on Oct. 11. Here are the details:

When: Oct. 11, 2009, 2-4 p.m.
18 Indian Hill Road, Winnetka (the home of Jeff and Kathryn Guylay)
Kathryn and some of the organization’s board members will walk through a typical Nurture class, taste recipes, discuss roles that need to be filled by volunteers, introduce committee work, and connect with others that share a passion for cooking, nutrition and good health.

Please e-mail [email protected] to RSVP.

Give things: Nurture is always seeking donations of the following items. Materials can be dropped off at the organization’s collection box at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. Gently used goods (with the exception of food, of course) are valued and appreciated.

Cooking equipment

Rice Cookers
Slow cookers/ crock pots
Meat thermometers
Hand (immersion) blenders
Steamers (steam baskets)
Pots and pans
Oven mitts
Mixing bowls
Other appliances such as bread makers, waffle makers, hand mixers, blenders, etc.
Other kitchen tools such as cutlery and accessories (spatulas, slotted spoons, etc.)

Non-perishable food staples

Grains (millet, brown rice, oats, bulgur, quinoa, barley)
Beans (dried, canned)
Split Peas, lentils
Olive oil, nuts
Vegetables (canned)
Fruits (canned)
Spices (salt, pepper, cumin, thyme, etc.)
Condiments (sauces, etc)
Salsa (jarred)
Crackers (no hydrogenated oils)
Nut butters/ jellies (no hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup).

Fitness equipment

Running shoes
Athletic attire
Heart rate monitors
Athletic toys (balls, games, etc.)
DVDs, etc.

Give support: Nurture is holding its Fall Harvest Gathering on Oct. 10, featuring the North Shore’s own Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, who will share her tips from her years as “The Organic Gardener” and project manager for Green City Market’s Edible Gardens in Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s is a perfect time to show your support.

And if you can’t make the event, you can still make a donation. Just mail a check payable to Nurture to P.O. Box 160, Winnetka, IL 60093.