As part of the Children's Health Initiative, the Teens Love Cooking Program aims to connect with middle school to high school aged children. This
after school cooking program teaches real cooking skills over seven sessions
run by volunteer chefs and cooks.
Teens Love Cooking is a 7 week afterschool program that provides middle school-aged teenagers the opportunity to
learn valuable kitchen and cooking skills. The program is designed to improve participants’ knowledge of food,
nutrition, and food preparation techniques in a compelling and interactive way. Each week, teens participating in the program
learn how to cook using a whole foods approach, while also learning about where their food comes from and how to select nutritious items in a country that has an
abundance of processed and fast foods.
The program culminates with a Family Fiesta, in which students plan and cook a full meal for their families to demonstrate what they learned and celebrate in their successful completion of the program. Through our Teens Love Cooking program, the Foodbank strives to empower young teens to take charge of their health by learning how to cook and make healthy,
educated food choices.
If you are interested in helping teach teens to cook, or would like to offer the program to a teen group, please contact Kyli Gallington, Senior Community Programs Manager, at (805) 403-5679; [email protected]
It is run by trained community leaders at Carpinteria Middle After School Program once a week for a seven week period.