Meet Our Amazing YW Kitchen Staff!

31 Mar

At the YWCA we provide breakfast, lunch, and snack to our Child Care Center, as well as snack to our School Age program. It’s important to us that we help the children in our Centers to be more comfortable trying new foods, and to get quality nutrition while they’re attending our programs.

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In order to do this, we have been trained in Rainbow In My Tummy®, and use Rainbow in My Tummy recipes and menus. Rainbow in My Tummy® is a healthy eating program developed by the Verner Center for Early Learning.  It focuses on feeding children a wide range of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins while also staying in line with nutrition requirements from the Federal Government.

To compliment Rainbow in My Tummy® the students in our Child Care Center also participate in Farmer’s Market Friday, where they get to taste test a new fresh fruit or vegetable.

Farmers Market Friday 12.12.14 001Most every Friday you can find our Child Nutrition Coordinator, Alex Mitchell, in each classroom passing out samples of produce and talking with the kids about how and where the plants grow, what part of the plants we eat, or how the food tastes, smells or feels. The children, and staff, get to sample foods they may never have had before in a positive environment that encourages trying new foods.

So who makes all of this delicious Rainbow In My Tummy food®? The YWCA’s amazing kitchen staff! Learn more about them below, and contact us if you’d like to come on an Empower Hour tour – which includes a Rainbow In My Tummy® lunch.

Anna RectorIMAG1919

How long have you lived in Asheville?
All my life and then some
How long have you worked at the YW?
9 years
What are your duties in the kitchen?
Check in weekly delivery and put away, make lunch and breakfast, prep for the next day, keep food organized, maintain kitchen.
What is your favorite part of working in the kitchen?
Helping others
What is your favorite Rainbow in My Tummy® Recipe?
That’s a wicked question, there are too many to choose one!

Bettie EddingsIMAG1980

How long have you lived in Asheville?
All my life
How long have you worked at the YW?
6 years
What are your duties in the kitchen?
Fix snack for the after school
What is your favorite part of working in the kitchen?
Working with the staff
What is your favorite Rainbow in My Tummy® Recipe?
Wonderful Waffle Sandwiches

Famia CarsonIMAG1893

How long have you lived in Asheville?
17 years
How long have you worked at the YW?
2 ½ years
What are your duties in the kitchen?
Dish washer/kitchen assistant
What is your favorite part of working in the kitchen?
Coworkers, the positive environment, the fresh fruit juice!
What is your favorite Rainbow in My Tummy® Recipe?
Oven roasted asparagus

Elaine “Pinky” BurtonIMAG1981

How long have you lived in Asheville?
50+ years
How long have you worked at the YW?
6 months
What are your duties in the kitchen?
To prepare snacks for child care which includes infants, toddlers, 2 years olds, 3-4, and 4-5
What is your favorite part of working in the kitchen?
Learning to make healthy snacks
What is your favorite Rainbow in My Tummy® Recipe?
Yogurt, granola, and fresh berries

Learn more at www.rainbowinmytummy.org

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