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 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!
Throughout the following fall and spring, we offered 6-week after-school cooking sessions 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 are continuing to offer these programs, specifically for local schools that are a part of the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), indicating lower income and more food-insecure communities.
This fall we are hosting our Cook. Eat. Grow. 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 and full meal planning and so are our students! Each week we focus on one seasonal, local, and healthy ingredient and one kitchen skill, such as knife safety, sauteeing, pickling, and more.
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.