Our Story

We believe celebrating culture matters.

We believe food brings people together.

The Stark County Cultural Cookbook was founded by 4 middle schoolers - Alsey Haas, Matie Watson, Makynna Watson, and Naomi Cain. We have a passion for learning about different cultures and eating good food, so we decided to create a cookbook celebrating different cultures and foods!

We believe the Stark County Cultural Cookbook will help people learn from each other and decrease the inequality in Stark County. We imagined this idea over the summer during TomTod's Camp What If and we came together to make it real in the fall of 2021. Our goal is to collect recipes from people across Stark County and launch our cookbook in the Spring of 2022.

Help us make the Stark County Cultural Cookbook a reality. Share your recipe and your family's story. With your help, we can bring people together with food and celebrate the diverse cultures in our community!

Meet Our Team

My name is Naomi Cain, and I am fourteen, and in ninth grade. I am excited about our project because I believe everyone should have their cultures known and seen, and I think a good way to do that would be through food.

My name is Makynna Watson, I am twelve years old. I am in sixth grade and I am excited about this project because I want to help spread cultures and to show and tell people about other cultures that they don't know about.

My name is Matilyn Watson, I'm 13 years old, and in 8th grade. I am excited for this project because I've always wanted to help the community to being equal with each other and a big thing in each culture is food so i thought that would be the best way to spread each culture.

My name is Alsey Haas, and I am 14 years old and in the 8th grade. I am excited about this project because I want our community to be more inclusive and accepting and I believe that food is a great way to bring a community together.

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