In New York City neighborhoods where household income is low and access to healthy food is sparse, children often lack opportunities to find out where their food comes from, and to learn to enjoy healthy foods. CookShop, the federally funded nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City, helps confront these challenges by helping low-income students and families gain the knowledge and skills needed to make and appreciate healthy choices.
CookShop Classroom uses hands-on exploration and cooking activities to foster children’s enjoyment and consumption of healthy food, and their appreciation for good nutrition. With distinct components for qualifying public elementary school and after-school settings, CookShop Classroom reached students in more than 1,300 public elementary school classrooms and after-school programs this year:
CookShop Classroom for Elementary School offers distinct curricula for kindergarten, first and second grade students.
CookShop Classroom for After-School offers age-appropriate curricula for low-income students aged 6 to 12 in diverse after-school settings.
Students participating in CookShop Classroom learn how fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains grow, what goes into a nutritious diet and how to transform whole foods such as carrots, wheat, apples and lettuce into simple, tasty, affordable meals and snacks.
All CookShop Classroom teachers and instructors receive comprehensive, interactive training and support from Food Bank staff, as well as all of the curriculum materials, food, supplies and equipment needed to implement the program successfully.
For more information on how you may apply to participate in CookShop Classroom, contact the CookShop team.