It began with hints via Twitter and Facebook.
Slowly, a crowd gathered at Ithaca’s Sciencenter April 30. As the music started, Cornell dancers in chef hats and aprons, led by senior Marisa Martinez, delighted surprised children. To engage them in the issue of hunger, youngsters were asked questions like “What does your tummy sound like when it is hungry?” and “What foods make you feel strong”? and given healthy recipes from Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Soon local chefs from Simeon’s (Dean Zervos and Richard Avery), Cayuga Medical Center (Jim Durkee) and Simply Red Bistro (Samantha Buyskes) came strutting out carrying trays of food including quesadillas, yogurt parfaits and oatmeal raisin cookies.
While munching, families participated in the Sciencenter’s hands-on food pyramid activity while paint-covered little hands decorated a home-made “No Kid Hungry” banner with Cornell senior Alina Zolotareva.
The Sciencenter and Share Our Strength partnered to raise awareness about Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign, whose goal is to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015. The Taste of the Nation, June 14, donates 100 percent of ticket sales to support Share Our Strength.
– Barbara Lang ’78, MPS ’04