Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary!
Kids Cooking For Life (KCL) is partnering with Franklin Elementary School in Oakland and Davidson Middle School in San Rafael to offer an interactive home learning program, Kids Cooking At Home! Kids Cooking At Home! is a series of virtual cooking classes committed to healthy eating and home cooking. The program serves kids in low income communities and in Title 1 schools. Students will utilize their school laptops to partake in this experiential learning by Zoom led by an experienced KCL teacher who will guide them through recipe reading, measuring, chopping and mixing which will end with a delicious and healthy meal for the family. It’s a new program to instill confidence and independence to prepare a complete meal for the family with KCL’s signature curriculum based on nutrition and skill sets - all kids led.
The program will be 4 weeks long, each weekly class offering a KCL curriculum based lesson curated around KCL’s four pillars of healthy eating: be Sugar Smart, eat the Rainbow, know the Whole Grains and lean on Protein. Our lessons deliver hands-on education on food safety, hygiene, cooking skills ranging from knife skills to measuring, mindful eating and tasting vocabulary for descriptive food discussions. Cooking is a great way to pull in textbook knowledge of culture, chemistry, mathematics, agriculture and geography into learning. At the start of the program, the students will receive their own cooking kit for the upcoming lessons: measuring spoons, knives and pantry basics. The program will also provide the fresh ingredients available for a weekly pick up at a distribution point. Students will have access to the recorded video sessions followed up by an online newsletter with a summary of key learnings, recipes and helpful information.
The pandemic has ushered us to bring cooking education into the students’ kitchens where the impact is even greater. When we delivered these lessons in school classrooms, we witnessed that students desired to share the learning with their families so the changes can ripple through their home. Through Kids Cooking at Home! virtual connections are made straight from students’ kitchen countertop to ours and we are thrilled at the possibility of a bigger impact.