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OSPI and Chef LJ Klink to Host Workshops to Improve Meals Served Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Workshops are part of a two-year grant from Team Nutrition at the United States Department of Agriculture

OLYMPIA — March 3, 2014 — Participants in Washington’s Child and Adult Care Food Program will take part in one of 23 free culinary workshops from March 13 through July 16. The workshops will focus on using nutrition guidelines and getting kids interested in eating new, healthy foods. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Chef LJ Klink from the Food Network show Extreme Chef will co-host the workshops across the state.

The workshops are part of a two-year grant OSPI received in 2012. Team Nutrition, an initiative at the United States Department of Agriculture, awarded the grant to expand training programs that promote nutrition. Last year, OSPI hosted garden and nutrition workshops.

This year’s workshops will include hands-on activities designed to improve cooking skills. Participants will learn about food preparation techniques and kid-friendly recipes that include dark-green, orange, red and yellow vegetables, and whole-grains. The curriculum is provided in partnership with LuckJunky Consulting and USDA Team Nutrition.

Chef LJ KlinkChef Klink is a Washington state native. Since winning the title of “extreme chef” during the show’s first season, Klink has been using his extreme culinary expertise in teaching at the collegiate level, serving as a director of a culinary arts institute, as a corporate chef, and as a consultant for local school districts. Klink educates with humor, entertainment and charm in his quest to teach everyone to enjoy the why’s and how’s of cooking.

  • WHAT: Culinary Workshops
  • WHO: Participants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • WHERE: Workshop dates/locations
  • WHEN: Between March and July
  • QUESTIONS: Juli Morgenstern, OSPI Child Nutrition Services, Project Director and Co-instructor (360-725-6057 or


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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