Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Cub

Program Type: 
Kitchen Classrooms, Garden Classrooms
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Adults/Professionals, High School, Middle School, Upper Elementary, Lower Elementary, Kindergarten
Number of Individuals Program Serves: 
About the Program: 

The Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Chicago, IL.  Our mission is to teach and encourage children to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives and to combat childhood obesity within the community; by encouraging families to cook from scratch and decrease food related health issues.  The Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club consists of local chefs who volunteer their time to teach hands-on cooking classes to children and their guardians.  We are proud to be a part of the Lets Move! network of programs to keep kids healthy.  .

The Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club partners with Title 1 Chicago Public & Charter Schools and park districts in low income or underserved areas to provide after-school programs for children ages 6-17.   Throughout the school year and summer, students are provided a healthy meal or snack that they learn to prepare themselves.  This keeps students productively engaged and in a safe environment during after school hours.   

The students also plant school and community gardens.  The gardens will enhance the school and community dynamics by reflecting health, unity and beauty.  Each student has the opportunity to plant seeds and tend to the gardens that consist of fresh and dried herbs and seasonal vegetables.  Once it is time to harvest, students create meals using the fresh ingredients and are allowed to take what they wish home to their families; all remaining food is donated within the community.          

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