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Salvos Kids in the Kitchen ONLINE

by Cathryn Williamson | Jun 15, 2020 | in Ideas In Motion
Open Idea

Salvos Kids in the Kitchen is a hands on cooking program designed to teach kids (8-12 years old) how to cook simple meals for themselves and their families.

The program was started in Cowra, NSW in 2017 and expanded in 2018 with resources made available to any Salvation Army Corps/Centre wanting to run it. Since then the program has run in more than 20 other locations.

At the beginning of 2020, the program in Cowra was cut short because of restrictions due to COVID-19. Resources for the remaining 3 weeks were packaged and delivered to the kids so they could do it at home. 

If I had the time and resources, I would have videoed the demonstration so that the kids were able to watch it at home and then try it for themselves.

In essence, this idea would take the existing program and produce (quality) demonstration videos that could be viewed at home (or by other groups running in the program when needed). Small schools may also benefit from this as it fits in with aspects of the current curriculum.

Physical resources (recipe cards, badges, aprons, etc. could be ordered by individuals/families and posted out after some kind of registration and prior to starting.

By developing this all ready successful program, more kids and their families could benefit and could potentially be linked into local Corps.

What department are you from?


Local Corps

Who is your target market?


Kids and their families

Is there a team (of min. 2) in place to progress your idea? If so, who will join you in the RDL stage?

Yes, Anthony Sell has organised for Susanne Geracia (Children's Secretary) to join me in the RDL.

Have you had any conversations with your line manager in regards to your possible involvement in the RDL? (If not can you please commence this conversation)

I have had a conversation with the DC Lt Col Miriam Gluyas regarding this.

Where is the team situated (what town, city, state)?

I am in Grafton NSW and Susanne is on the Central Coast

What Department are you from?


Who is your target market?

Kids (and their familiies)

edited on Oct 6, 2020 by Cathryn Williamson
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Dudley Nicholson Jun 18, 2020

Brilliant idea to go online


Di Luxford-Lawson Jun 18, 2020

Love this idea. As rural chaplains would love to be able to encourage families in rural and remote locations to do this program. It would provide a great connection platform for us to continue ministry with families.


Sherrie Cocking Jun 18, 2020

Great idea. Well done Cathryn


Elizabeth Townsend Jun 18, 2020

Would love to use this online... Awesome work


Hazel FORD Jun 18, 2020

Go for it!


Marc Allison Jun 19, 2020

Great idea. In our house, my wife does most of the cooking. We've not been good at getting our children to learn. This sounds like a great step.

To promote the concept, you might partner with local schools through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - see Though they have done something similar to what you are proposing (see, you might be able to help them take the idea further.


Marc Allison Jun 19, 2020

PS Cathryn - my idea is about Benefit concerts that pay artists, encourage food purchases and raise funds for The Salvation Army. If you like the idea please vote/feedback by clicking here:


Joyleen Stewart Jun 22, 2020

Great idea


Ngaire Callaghan Jun 22, 2020

Having watched this from inception through Facebook posts and seeing the attention to detail; the application and the ministry outcomes, It would be inconceivable if this idea does not get adopted in various location - both rural and city.


Alex Robinson Jul 2, 2020

Love this idea!


Sheralyn Shaw Jul 30, 2020

Great idea to have this online for families and corps!


Narelle Wheaton Jul 30, 2020

What an awesome idea for both Corps and Social Mission Expressions. Be great to see if we could get a Celeb Chef involved


Deborah Elliott Aug 13, 2020

I think this is a great idea and should also be copied into the Challenge for Engaging Children in a Digital World.


Neri Morris Sep 22, 2020

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.


Neri Morris Oct 12, 2020

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.


Neri Morris 4 months ago

Status labels added: RDL, Incubator, Open Idea