The Learning Kitchen classes are designed to improve food security for families with limited budgets. In a series of six lessons, participants engage in hands-on cooking and nutrition education activities that focus on balancing and planning meals, stretching food dollars to maximize nutrition, shopping strategies and cooking techniques. Classes are taught by area chefs and trained nutrition educators.
The Learning Kitchen is available for middle-school youth, young adults, and adults in low-income areas and at sites that serve low-income populations. Please see the eligibility information for more details.
Nutrition education works! 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 and cooking 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 recruit support teams including local chefs and nutrition educators to instruct the classes.
The curriculum for the program was originally 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.