Cooking with Me

Cooking with Me program components:

After School Nutrition
The first will reach children enrolled in YMCA after school programs in Roanoke City Schools. Participants will receive instructional classes on how to cook dishes they lovewith more nutritional ingredients. They will also have hands-on cooking instruction at the Gainsboro teaching kitchen. Learn more about Y After School.

Middle School Nutrition
The second component is for middle school students enrolled in the Cultural Arts for Excellence (CAFE) program. Students will attend bi-weekly workshops at the Gainsboro Teaching Kitchen where they will learn healthy cooking techniques and ways to curve teen obesity.

Adult Cooking Classes
The last component is geared towards adults. Monthly adult cooking classes will be held at the Gainsboro YMCA at no cost to attendees. Participants will learn everything from how to use different spices to including more nutritional choices for food preparation. 

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Our Commitment

This initiative is being made possible because of a grant from the Kroger Foundation and a commitment by the YMCA and Kroger Mid-Atlantic to improve the nutritional health of the community. Cooking with Me programs are at no cost to participants.

Our Goal

One of our overall goals for the Cooking with Me program in addition to teaching healthy habits is to bring families back to the dinner table. Studies show that family meals have many benefits behaviorally, socially, and emotionally while providing an opportunity for families to bond.

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