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 12 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
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.
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.