Teens Love Cooking


As part of our Children’s Health Initiative, the Teens Love Cooking Program connects with middle school to high school aged children. This after school cooking program teaches real cooking skills over 7 sessions run by volunteer chefs and cooks, culminating in a party where the students cook a meal for their parents.

Who is Served?

Middle school to high school aged children

Role in Continuum of Programs
Step 4 in our Feed the Future continuum of programs

Program Impact

The “tween” years are a great time to start developing more robust cooking skills as youth are able to read recipes (fractions!) and can safely handle sharp objects (knives!). It is also a critical time to demonstrate via hand-on activities (cooking) that nutritious food tastes good. It doesn’t always have to be burgers, fries and sodas. Impacts for Teens Love Cooking include improved diet quality and confidence in the student’s ability to prepare healthy meals and snacks with minimal parental assistance.

Program Sites

Carpinteria Junior High ASES program
Fesler Junior High School in Santa Maria

Opportunities to Get Involved

Interested in sharing your cooking skills? Become a trained community leader for this weekly, 12 week program.

To volunteer in Carpinteria, please contact Melissa Howard at (805) 967 – 5741 x 112. To volunteer in Santa Maria, please contact Darlene Chavez at (805) 937- 3422 x 109