We offer a wide array of programs to meet the needs of our communities
Kids Culinary Program
Kids culinary program creates a learning environment for low socioeconomic children to learn basic culinary skills while making culture-focused recipes. The program teaches kids the importance of eating fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains daily and is sometimes assisted by a chef or culinary volunteer. Our culinary programs help kids enrolled to learn and practice some basic math concepts and build fine motor skills while building language skills. The kids that participate in our culinary program build confidence in making healthy eating choices while also practicing self-sufficiency.
Prevent Diabetes Culinary Program
The prevent diabetes culinary program is a 2-6 month virtual or in-person program aimed to prevent diabetes in participants of African descent. The program is a combination of nutrition education and culinary classes preparing culture-focused recipes.
This program increases the consumption of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains with applicable lifestyle changes and habits. In this program, we offer step-by-step education on how to properly select, cook, and store produce while maintaining its nutrients and providing optimal nutritional value. Each group is also taught about stress management, a grocery store tour, physical activity, and tracking intake. Through our interactive classes, participants will learn practical skills, such as proper meal planning, healthy cooking techniques, and portion control, adapting traditional recipes to be more health-conscious, providing tips and tricks for maximizing nutrition without compromising flavor.
Our interactive classes are designed for both children and adults, offering a unique opportunity to learn how to enjoy foods from their own cultural backgrounds in a nutritious and wholesome way.
We understand the importance of preserving cultural heritage while prioritizing health and well-being. That's why our programs focus on teaching individuals how to incorporate traditional and culturally significant foods into a balanced diet.
Join us on this exciting journey of embracing cultural diversity and promoting health through food.
Professional Development Training
Our program is designed to equip dietitians and healthcare professionals with the essential skills and knowledge needed to establish meaningful connections with the communities they serve by enhancing their cultural competence.
We recognize the critical role that cultural understanding plays in providing effective healthcare and nutrition guidance. Our program focuses on fostering cultural competence by offering in-depth education and practical strategies to better engage with diverse populations. Through our comprehensive curriculum, ranging from 60 minutes to 2-day training, participants will develop the necessary tools to navigate cultural differences, respect unique traditions, and tailor their services to meet the specific needs of individuals from various backgrounds. Using interactive sessions that explore cultural beliefs, traditions, and dietary practices, enables professionals to develop a heightened awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity.
This program equips participants with the knowledge to provide culturally sensitive nutrition recommendations, develop personalized plans, and support clients in achieving their health goals while respecting their cultural identity.
Grow your own & EatWell
Growing your own food provides self-sufficiency in communities that do not have access to healthy foods. Community gardens and/or gardening classes equip our participants with the necessary skills to grow seasonal produce with great quality of nutrients. This is also a great way of ensuring fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables will grow in communities that need it the most. We partner with local organizations to decrease food deserts and increase access to nutritional foods