Sue Lafferty, nutrition educator with CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California told the preschoolers, the story of a hungry traveler coming to a village where no one was willing to share. The traveler started a soup in a cauldron with water and an ordinary stone. The villagers became curious and started bringing various vegetables and meat to add to the magical soup. In the end, working together the community had prepared a delicious soup that could be shared by all.
Ninety-five preschoolers and their parents had the opportunity to learn first hand the importance of sharing just one vegetable. Nutritious vegetables were brought to school where the preschoolers chopped them into bite-size pieces and learned about the importance of healthy eating. The CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California team and the preschool food service department cooked the vegetables into a glorious soup that could be shared by all. Sue Lafferty mentioned that it was so awesome to watch so many of the preschoolers and their families eat and enjoy the vegetable soup.