Baristas Inspire Project for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

DES MOINES, Iowa –Workers at a local coffee shop are inspiring a new project to help adults with intellectual disabilities cook on their own at home.

Roosevelt High School Junior Charlie Flippen works at Plymouth Grounds Coffee Shop. He says, “I do a little bit of everything. I help serve, I help pour, I use cash register. It’s a wonderful place to work.”

The shop is located inside Plymouth Church on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines. It’s a job training site for students with intellectual disabilities at Ruby Van Meter School.

Church volunteers work alongside the students making the drinks and baking the treats. It inspired Manager Sue Hoss to work on another project. She says, “I got to thinking, after some time in the kitchen with the students that they really have a passion for cooking. They love to cook, and they do a nice job with baking.”

Hoss created a prototype of a digital magazine called Look Cook and Eat through her company Main Dish Media. The subscription service will include videos on how to create easy nutritious meals aimed at those with special needs. It will be available on your personal computer or tablet. Hoss says, “You could take it into the kitchen, watch some short videos, look at different images of what you need for ingredients, what you need for tools.”

The Look Cook and Eat project has a Kickstarter campaign to get it off the ground. The campaign runs through August 27 and the goal is to raise $45,000. Click here to go to the Kickstarter Campaign.

Live Cook and Eat would like to eventually employ people with special needs to work on the project.

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