CookShop, the core nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City, gives low-income children, adults and teens the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. With hands-on workshops reaching over 50,000 New Yorkers annually across all five boroughs, CookShop teaches nutrition and physical activity information as well as cooking skills, fostering enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.
In this way, CookShop empowers communities to fight childhood hunger, obesity, and diet-related disease in neighborhoods where household income is low, access to healthy foods is limited, and rates of obesity and diet-related disease are high.
Using a train-the-trainer approach, every educator participating in the program is provided with the tools needed to implement CookShop, including training, ongoing technical support, complete curriculum materials and all of the food, supplies and equipment needed for cooking lessons and class activities.
Using hands-on exploration and cooking activities to foster children’s enjoyment and consumption of healthy foods, as well as their appreciation for good nutrition, CookShop Classroom is used in approximately 2,200 public elementary and after-school classes.
CookShop for Families offers workshops for parents and guardians of students in schools participating in CookShop Classroom. Through simple, healthy recipes using fresh, affordable ingredients, the workshops offer the skills and knowledge needed to make CookShop part of their families’ daily lives.
A joint venture of the Food Bank and the Mario Batali Foundation, Community CookShop offers nutrition and health education workshops for parents/caregivers and their children at New York City food pantries and soup kitchens. Using recipes developed by Chef Mario Batali, participants learn strategies to achieve a healthy diet on a limited budget.