MY KITCHEN is a hands-on learning program; a series of basic nutrition, planning, shopping, and cooking classes for at-risk and special-needs youth, including children recovering from abuse, and foster-care teens who are preparing to live on their own for the first time. We also cook for homeless shelters and family warming centers, and offer our cooking services for other charity's fundraisers.
Myself, and two other chefs began the outreach in 2012, and since then we have taught classes for hundreds of teens, and served tens of thousands of meals to the homeless and the hungry,
We have partnered with organizations like Impact Northwest, the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, and local public and private schools to offer hands on, “real food” cooking classes for the youth they work with.
These are not classes that focus on a career in the culinary arts, but instead cover the primary skills and techniques required to plan, shop for, and cook healthy, affordable meals at home, using basic cooking equipment that these young people are likely to have available starting out on their own.
Think of it as “Home Ec.” for kids who may have never had a stable home environment to learn these essential skills from.
We believe that the ability to cook for oneself is a basic skill needed by everyone, and that the confidence and independence that comes along with these skills will transfer into all other areas of these kids lives.
In other words, if they can cook for themselves, they learn that they can do anything else they want to do!
There are few ways you can help us...first and foremost, sign up to recieve updates, announcements, and free recipes and mealplans, on our blog at joinmykitchen.com. We consider this step to be the most important, even above fundraising, because we are community of people who care about kids, and if you do as well, we want you right there beside us. Secondly, and quite frankly, we need money. We are an all volunteer organization, and 100% of what's donated goes to our outreach programs. Ingredients, supplies, fuel, marketing...none of these are free. The more we have to work with, the more kids we can help!
Lastly, please share the love! Encourage friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and complete strangers you meet at the sushi bar, to do all of the above!
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
a 501(c)3 Charity Organization