|The Learning Kitchen|
The Learning Kitchen roster is currently full through September, 2013
The Learning Kitchen consists of three programs in order to meet the needs of a diverse audience: low-income parents, at-risk youth, and at-risk teens transitioning into independent living.
The Learning Kitchen (formerly known as Cooking for Life) classes are designed to improve food security for families with limited budgets. The curriculum for the program was developed in collaboration with Hunger Free Vermont and the University of Vermont Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Since The Learning Kitchen began in 1999, there have been hundreds of series serving over 7,000 Vermonters.
In a series of six classes, 8-15 participants receive instruction in meal planning, budgeting, shopping, and cooking from area chefs and trained nutrition educators. At the end of each class, participants take home free ingredients to make the recipes at home. This hands-on approach creates an immediate impact for families, as noted by a recent graduate, "Every parent should take a nutrition class! I learned easy ways to make educated decisions for my family. This class offered a hands-on approach to trying new, healthy foods and cooking techniques." Graduates of The Learning Kitchen are preparing more meals from scratch; learning how best to budget food dollars and plan healthier meals; and consuming more fruits, vegetables, grains, and calcium-rich foods.
Hunger Free Vermont helps schools and community groups offer these essential nutrition education classes across the state. Vermonters would not have access to this opportunity without dedicated communities that not only host the series in their space, but also coordinate volunteer chefs, educators, and gorcery shoppers.
HOW IT WORKS
NOT IN VERMONT?
This toolkit contains all the paperwork and resources that Learning Kitchen hosts will need in order to hold a successful series. Please note that paperwork should be submitted to Hunger Free Vermont within 10 days of the last class. You may use the Host Paperwork Checklist to keep track of the necessary forms.