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You Got Koodies!

Cooking was never my thing.

During high school and college, I led an active — perhaps too active — social life, and rarely made it home until dinner was ready for the table. Needless to say, I never learned how to cook beyond boxed macaroni and cheese, which is probably why my reporting for Progressive Grocer gravitated toward the nonedible aspects of the grocery business such as technology, equipment and design, and nonfoods.

Today’s kids are no different. With so many working parents, it can be difficult for Mom and Dad to find time to teach their little ones how to prepare meals they’ll one day serve their families.

But Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert is looking to change that with an online community he launched this past November, called Koodies.

Koodies (Lempert’s spin on the term “Foodies”) is a social network for kids and their parents to have fun together while sharing ideas and learning about food.

Whether through Koodie videos, Parent Discussion Forums or the Profile walls of Koodies Members, the Koodie community offers dozens of different ways to engage the site, as well as share favorite recipes, products and restaurants with others.

You should all add a link to Koodies to the home page of your Web sites — after all, today’s kids are tomorrow’s consumers, and if they know how to make dinner for themselves, when they get older, they’ll hit the grocery stores more and restaurants less.

And with my cooking ability around that level of skill, I may peruse the site myself for some helpful hints!

You can find the site at