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Presented by Midwest Food Connection (MFC), a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering elementary and middle school children to make healthy, responsible food choices. MFC’s school programs educate children about natural foods, local sustainable farming, and the cultural origins of our food. MFC also teaches kids’ cooking classes at Mississippi Market.

Register for a free Virtual Kids’ Cooking Class to make homemade noodles with your kids and family on Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Midwest Food Connection is so grateful for the past and continued support of Mississippi Market and we want to recognize the brave work that co-op employees continue to do during this challenging time. 

At Midwest Food Connection, we inspire young people to deepen their relationship with food, benefitting their bodies, their communities, and the earth. Though our work will look different for the foreseeable future, we are looking forward to continuing instruction virtually and engaging children through empowering activities around cooking, gardening, and stories of food. Please watch our website for further updates by visiting

You may also contact us if you would like to use our online materials in your virtual classrooms or your homes by emailing

We all know that outside spaces are soothing in stressful times. MFC encourages you to get out of your house as much as possible and explore outside spaces! You don’t need to have an elaborate plan, simply let your own senses or your child take the lead and discover new things! One of our favorite simple activities is to set up a micro hike. Simply find a piece of string or yarn 10-20 feet long and lay it on the ground in a place that looks interesting. Explain to children (or adults!) that they should pretend to be 1-inch tall and explore their “hiking path.” Encourage them to go as slowly as they would if they were that small and see what they find. It may be too early to find all the bugs you would in the summer, but you may still see some interesting insects and plants. 

Now is also a great time to start thinking about gardening! Whether you have an outdoor garden space or not, you can start seeds indoors with just a few simple materials. Check out MFC’s video on how to start seedlings inside.

Finally, food is always a comfort and can also be a way of bringing people together. Encourage everyone in your house to participate in food preparation and gather feedback from everyone on meals to make at home. Check out this resource for ideas on kitchen jobs for kids.

We wish the best to the Mississippi Market Co-op community! 

With Care, 

Midwest Food Connection