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Boston Medical Center’s Demonstration Kitchen – featured by A Step Up

Last night, the women of A Step Up featured The Boston Medical Center’s Food Pantry & Demonstration Kitchen (the first in the country – now ten years old) which is connected to their Grow Clinic for Children, formed to treat Failure to Thrive (FTT) in young children. The programs that the BMC runs are so thoughtful and practical  – medical care, food and books- they also partner with Reach Out and Read each child gets a new book at each well visit and they have shelves of gently used books in almost every department for children to take home as well.  What a wonderful group of programs making a difference in so many people’s lives. Want to help? Great – Go here to the Virtual Food Drive page.

BMC’s Virtual Food Drive is a great way for schools and organizations to help the Preventive Food Pantry buy the food it desperately needs. For every $10.00 received, The Boston Medical Center Preventive Food Pantry can provide food for two families for a week.

If you would like to organize a food drive or donate food in person, please contact:

Latchman Hiralall
Food Pantry Manager

They can also use books – new or gently used – for children. Did you resolve to be more organized this year? Go through your book shelves and clean out the books (yes, keep your copy of your child’s favorite book – give the rest to the BMC).

Helping those in need: Teaching healthy cooking:

From the website:

At BMC, a doctor’s prescription might be for a bag of healthful groceries, and the hospital’s Food Pantry is the place to get it. More than 7,500 BMC patients and their family members use the pantry each month, obtaining culturally appropriate foods for diets that are nutritious and therapeutic. Studies done by BMC researchers have documented that food stamps alone cannot support the nutritional diet recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture. To supplement patients’ resources, BMC created the Food Pantry. Many patients lack access to supermarkets and would otherwise rely on the less nutritious fare found at corner stores and bodegas. The pantry relies totally on philanthropy, including food drives that help keep the shelves stocked. BMC patients can not only get healthful food but also learn to cook nutritious meals in the Demonstration Kitchen. Classes are offered in special areas like cardiac rehabilitation, weight reduction and diabetic diets.

Mommies Who Shop – Spring events in Weston and Hamilton

capability mom barefoot booksWhat Mommy doesn’t shop? You actually do have to buy those babies clothes, diapers and equipment … and every now and them something for you. This is so cool – it is a gathering of moms  that lets you socialize, shop and get spa treatments – oh, and there will be wine and appetizers and swag. What is swag? Special treats that you get for attending the event. You can also get a ticket and specify no swag. Um, good. More for me. There are great sponsors of the event, Bella Sante and Boston Mamas and the Boston Parents Paper to name just a few, and sponsors for the gift bags include Vapur, Bot and olio designs on etsy.  All so cool.capability mom olio designs on etsy sock monkey cards

So forward this to your friends and meet up for a Mom’s night out.  The next event is in Weston and another June 3 in Hamilton, MA.  Here is a list of sponsors and designers for the Weston event.

From the website:

Mommies Who Shop is proud to support Room to Grow, a non-profit whose mission is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty. On their behalf, Mommies Who Shop will be collecting donations of baby and toddler items for children age 0-3.

May 20, 2010 from 6-9 p.m.
Regis College, Grand Foyer
235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA

Mommies Who Shop invites you to attend our Spring shopping gala. Sip and Shop with your friends in this upbeat boutique atmosphere. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, spa services, loaded gift bags and more! This is where the hippest mama’s meet the hottest designers featuring the very best in unique clothing for chic-baby and trendy tots, plus accessories, toys and gear. For the Ladies, we will feature a carefully edited selection of casual women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, handbags, fine stationary and gifts. All of the items at Mommies Who Shop will be offered at exclusive MWS event pricing.
simply the best shopping ever – edited just for you – all at sale prices

  • complimentary wine and gourmet treats provided by Healthy Habits Kitchen and Finale
  • mini-spa services and beauty products compliments of Bella Sante
  • loaded gift bags (limited quantities available)
  • AMAZING door prizes and raffle items benefitting Room to Grow.


3 Hour Nap
4 little fish
Athalia Originals
Barefoot Books
bioME 5
Blossom Babies
Chic Boutique Creations
cool dog productions
discovery toys
DP Designs
Excited 2 Learn
Hiho Batik
Hoosier Magnolia
Laughing out Loud
Maddisin and Mason Gifts
melene kent jewels
Papas Products
Pretty on Paper
Sheabella Tutus
Slings & Baby Things
The Tots
The Trendy Tot

Only the 1st 100 advance tickets sold are guaranteed a MWS gift bag.

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duck egg lovey blanket from 3 hour nap

I found out about this event from Healthy Habits Kitchen – I found them at a winter farmer’s market just this year.

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