Chartwell Oak Park Terrace gives back through cookbook project

A beloved family recipe can be a reminder of happy memories, and as residents at Chartwell Oak Park Terrace recently saw, it can also help a new generation to learn and grow.

Last month, Chartwell Oak Park Terrace Retirement Residence held a bake sale to raise money for the Jumpstart Nutrition Program, a local initiative that helps low-income students at Windsor-Essex County schools enjoy healthy, balanced meals every day. In addition to the scrumptious baked goods on display, the highlight of the sale was a cookbook put together with family recipes submitted by Chartwell residents themselves.

A cookbook to help the community
The cookbook was a labour of love that took a year and a half to put together. Lifestyle & Program Manager at Chartwell Oak Park Terrace, Theresa Chittle, asked residents and staff to submit their favourite tried-and-true recipes, which were then typed up, edited and printed in a book format.

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The bake sale raised $391 for the Jumpstart Nutrition Program.

On August 22, two tables manned by volunteers were set up in the residence’s activity room. Several varieties of baked goods taken directly from recipes in the cookbook were made by the residence’s Baking Group. The cookbooks were sold for $10 each, and the baked goods were sold for $0.50 each. Happily, the bake sale raised over $391 for the Jumpstart Nutrition Program.

After the bake sale, the director of Jumpstart shared how the funds raised will benefit local children, explaining how one hallmark of the program is that it helps schools provide a breakfast program for low-income students, an initiative which does not receive federal funding.

Fond memories and new friendships
Throughout the process of creating the cookbook, Oak Park Terrace residents enjoyed sharing their favourite recipes and made new friendships through their common love of family cooking. It was a group effort to contribute, share and edit recipes, and all were pleased with the final project. Residents were happy to be able to contribute to their local community and help make sure every child receives the nutrition they need to do their best at school.

Chartwell Oak Park Terrace continues to sell the cookbooks at special events and through orders, and all proceeds will continue to go to the Jumpstart Nutrition Program.