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Published 03/11/2020 | Reading Time 2 min 12 sec 

TULSA, Okla. —  EduRec Youth & Family Fun Center will host a 7-week virtual cooking competition for youth ages 12 to 18. The competition is designed to create excitement about the development and opening of the new grocery store in North Tulsa. The competition is designed to engage youth during this time of social distancing caused by Covid-19. 

“The goal is to bring awareness and educate students about food disparity, food deserts and healthy food options,” Charles Harper said who’s an executive director with Damali Wilson at EduRec.

The program is sponsored by Eco Alliance, the company building the grocery store that will be located at Pine and Peoria. Oasis Fresh Market will own and operate the grocery store.

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Eco Alliance will provide food for the students to complete their weekly challenges. The Tulsa Dream Center is also a partner on the project, and the challenge has been endorsed by District 1 City Councilor Vanessa Hall Harper. 

Ramal Brown, “The Hometown Heat” and Director of the Juice Radio Show is the official host for the competition. 

Food Gurus, Vanessa Hall-Harper (City Councilor), Pastor Jamaal Dyer (Friendship Baptist Church) and Aubrey Shine (Radio Personality and Public Figure) will offer virtual tips to the 25 contestants to help them make it to the finals.  

The community will vote for their favorite junior chef. There will be weekly eliminations. The community will vote based on creativity, presentation and family engagement. Oasis Fresh Market will award the top 3 contestants as follows:  

1st Place — voucher for $100 per month in groceries for twelve (12) months; 

2nd Place — voucher for $50 per month in groceries for twelve (12) months; and 

3rd Place — voucher for $25 per month in groceries for twelve (12) months.  

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