Church Suppers 2.0

by Kristi Anderson | Apr 09, 2010
| 1 Comment

Summary:

Describe Your Idea: My idea is to transform the way that Wednesday night meals are conducted at our church. During the school year, on Wednesday nights, a large portion of our church community comes together for activities, such as choir, confirmation, etc. Two families are assigned responsibility any given Wednesday to purchase and prepare (or order) food and serve dinner to the 75-90 people who regularly participate. Time, cost constraints, and lack of know-how will often lead to choices that are not as healthy as could otherwise be made. The challenges involved are cost, time, knowing how to prepare a healthy, low-fat, good fat, nutritious meal that will appeal to children and adults, and include everyone.

To transform Wednesday night meals, I propose hiring a local professional chef/nutritionist who would create healthy menus with interchangeable selections, to appeal to everyone. In addition, each week, information sheets containing a healthy eating goal or two (e.g. nutrition facts from a trusted source such as Mehmet Oz, M.D.) with explanations about why it is important, as well as recipes for dishes served, would be placed on the tables.

A local yoga instructor would be hired to conduct 15-minute introductory classes for children and adults prior to the meal for several weeks. With interest, regular classes could form. Exercise activity/partnering sheets would be created so that pairs or groups could form according to activity interest (walking, jogging, biking) and time availability, etc.

Meal templates and recipes could be shared with other similar groups.

First Name

Kristi

Last Name

Anderson

About You

read more↑ hide↑ hide

First Name

Kristi

Last Name

Anderson

Country

United States, MN

City

Country

United States, MN

City

About You

read more↑ hide↑ hide

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Lake Harriet United Methodist Church

Organization Website

Organization Phone

Organization Address

Your idea

read more↑ hide↑ hide

Name your idea

Church Suppers 2.0

Describe your idea

Describe Your Idea: My idea is to transform the way that Wednesday night meals are conducted at our church. During the school year, on Wednesday nights, a large portion of our church community comes together for activities, such as choir, confirmation, etc. Two families are assigned responsibility any given Wednesday to purchase and prepare (or order) food and serve dinner to the 75-90 people who regularly participate. Time, cost constraints, and lack of know-how will often lead to choices that are not as healthy as could otherwise be made. The challenges involved are cost, time, knowing how to prepare a healthy, low-fat, good fat, nutritious meal that will appeal to children and adults, and include everyone.
To transform Wednesday night meals, I propose hiring a local professional chef/nutritionist who would create healthy menus with interchangeable selections, to appeal to everyone. In addition, each week, information sheets containing a healthy eating goal or two (e.g. nutrition facts from a trusted source such as Mehmet Oz, M.D.) with explanations about why it is important, as well as recipes for dishes served, would be placed on the tables.
A local yoga instructor would be hired to conduct 15-minute introductory classes for children and adults prior to the meal for several weeks. With interest, regular classes could form. Exercise activity/partnering sheets would be created so that pairs or groups could form according to activity interest (walking, jogging, biking) and time availability, etc.
Meal templates and recipes could be shared with other similar groups.

How do you define your "community"?

Generally, the community is the families who participate in Wednesday night meals at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church. Ideally, the “community” would grow to include members of the church who don’t currently participate in Wednesday night meals. The hope, with this idea proposal, is that the community would grow to include other church members who are not regularly at church on Wednesday night, as well as friends and neighbors.

Tell us how you think the issue of obesity is affecting your community

Like most communities, obesity affects some members of the community. And any community is only as healthy as the individuals who comprise it. In small ways, the church practices may contribute to the overall problem. For example, cookies are served on Sunday morning. As mentioned above, Wednesday night meals as well as some other meal gatherings often involve foods for which there could be much healthier alternatives.

Why should your idea be selected?

If implemented, this plan will have a very positive immediate affect on the Wednesday night meals at church. It also has the potential to create a ripple effect in several ways. If people discover new ways to eat healthy through Wednesday night meals, they can take what they learn and enjoy it at home and share with friends and family. Also, once a successful template for Wednesday night meals at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church is created, it can be used for any other group – church or otherwise – that regularly prepares group meals. Efforts could be made to generate interest among other groups by reaching out to local media to get the story out.

hayworth structure said: Our church has been considered the house of the Lord and is blessed, everybody respect it and make amends whenever they can. - Charles ... about this Competition Entry. - 2050 days ago read more >

Kristi Anderson updated this Competition Entry. - 3424 days ago

Kristi Anderson submitted this idea. - 3424 days ago