JLKD to partner with SPARK Aurora for free family nutrition event

AURORA, IL (March 16, 2014) —The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is forming a partnership with SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration to host the annual Junior League Kids in the Kitchen event. This event will take place at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora on April 12, 2014 during SPARK’s Week of the Young Child™.

JLKD’s Kids in the Kitchen is a free event that will provide local families the tools they need to prepare healthy meals and snacks that are both tasty and affordable. This event will feature hands-on children’s activities and resources for parents, including interactive games focused on hydration, hygiene, healthy food choices and exercise plus taste testing stations for healthy breakfast, lunch and snack foods. Families will receive goodie bags and recipes.

“SPARK’s Week of the Young Child is an ideal setting for our annual Kids in the Kitchen event,” says Kristin Celing, president of JLKD. “Together, we will be able to offer the greater Aurora community—which we know is largely underserved—access to fun and educational children’s activities plus practical tips that encourage a healthy lifestyle.”

The 2014 JLKD Kids in the Kitchen co-chairs are Cori Cozort of Naperville and Erin Tobias of Aurora.

Kids in the Kitchen is a national program supported by the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. The initiative is grounded in the belief that children and families who are empowered with the knowledge of how to feed and exercise their bodies will be less likely to become obese and subsequently suffer many associated health risks.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) provides outreach services to organizations and individuals in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our vision is to train volunteers to improve the lives of children at risk in the community by promoting literacy, developing self-esteem and providing positive programming. For more information, visit, or