Cook. Eat. Grow. Cooking Classes
In the summer of 2016, FoodChain piloted the first series of Cook. Eat. Grow. cooking classes for area youth! During the summer we hosted a 7-week program for youth from the three neighboring elementary schools. Students in our classes became “sous chefs” while they learned basic cooking techniques, nutrition, and worked with local, fresh produce. At their graduation they made the main dish for a potluck shared with their parents, siblings, friends, and all the volunteers and chefs they cooked with!
In the fall, we offered a 6-week after-school cooking session as part of the Cook. Eat. Grow. Program. Throughout these classes, we focused on snack-making with healthy, fresh, seasonal produce. Our aim is to empower youth to take initiative over their diets by choosing healthy snack options over the plethora of junk food made readily available in our community.
We will continue to offer these programs, specifically in our three neighboring elementary schools. Our district’s public schools are part of the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), indicating lower income and more food insecure communities.
This summer we will be hosting our summer program in our NEW Teaching & Processing Kitchen! We are beyond excited to have an anchored space to expand our lessons even further to include baking, full meal planning, and more! Please stay tuned here and on social media (Facebook link here?) for more information and updates on this exciting transition.
If you are interested in volunteering or interning with these cooking classes fill out this form.
Also, here is a wishlist of items you can contribute to our upcoming Teaching Kitchen.
How YOU can GET INVOLVED
Donate! With your help, we can make this program a success! First, we must raise $5000 for ingredients, equipment, etc. Please consider contributing today.
Volunteer! We also need volunteers! Help us to help teach the value of fresh food today!
For any additional information or questions, please contact Reena@foodchainlex.org.