The Young Chefs of the Hudson Valley offers weekly cooking classes to at-risk children ages 11-13 in area school districts.
It is one of several community classes for all ages being taught in the hospital’s new Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.
“We are grateful to Jim Witt and the Hope for Youth Foundation who have for many years generously supported programs at our Hospital that are aimed at improving the lives of young people,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital President John C. Federspiel in a statement. “Teaching the value of healthy eating can never start early enough if we are to stem the tide of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
The Hope for Youth Foundation/Peekskill Rotary Club (HFY) donates money to area children’s charities.
HFY assists children who are mentally and/or physically challenged, or who are ill or disadvantaged and supports youth programs which facilitate healthy growth whether it is academic, emotional or athletic.
The Foundation’s principle source of revenue is the annual sale of weatherman Jim Witt’s Long Range Weather Calendar, which is known for its dramatic Hudson Valley photographs and its daily and long range weather forecasts.