Although schools and community organizations are slowly attempting to reopen, many families are electing for continued virtual instruction and lot of children continue to be stuck at home. In some cases, despite food pantries and other emergency food programs, far too many parents continue to struggle to provide enough food for their families.
FamilyCook is delighted that preliminary data from our virtual programming has shown that youth are shifting food behaviors and cooking for themselves and with their families. More and more parents and kids are cooking from scratch, using more vegetables, and allowing for scarce dollars to go further.
FamilyCook LIVE Online versions of our award-winning programs are available and tested! Here is the lineup: Willow (preschool); Look Who’s Cooking (elementary kids + parents together) and Teen Battle Chef (adolescent).
What We’ve Learned So Far
It’s remarkable how comfortable young people are to come together virtually online. Instructors had a bigger learning curve to learn to fully utilize their virtual classroom.
We are seeing our virtual Teen Battle Chef program results are as strong on behavior change and youth development as our group, in-classroom at school delivery.
Facilitators for Virtual online cooking instruction observed:
- Students knew the ‘chat room etiquette” and stayed ‘muted’ until it was their turn to speak.
- Kids greeted each other with nicknames and excited voices as each new friend entered the ‘room.’ This created a very welcoming atmosphere.
- The young people were quick to support each other with online-delivery barriers that came up related to ingredient substitution or how to share cooking assignments with the devices they had available.
Potential Barriers are not as severe as we anticipated:
- Ingredients did pose a problem for students to participate in every class, but not overall
- Trying a new food – kids are always resistant at first. But when they are participating in multiple sessions and focused on their own creativity, it’s remarkable about how they have responded.
And what exactly are they cooking on their own?
How to Participate
We have diverted some of our community funding to make this education more widely available by offering teacher training scholarships to entire school districts and community organizations to deliver this critical education. Schools with active PTO’s and community groups, who have funding for virtual programming, can take advantage of our reduced-cost offerings.
Our current funding can support training scholarships for 5 new school districts and community organizations in the most at-risk communities across the US. We will be able to support even more school districts through our new GoFundMe campaign.
Schools and community organizations can sign-up here.
And coming soon, we will have FamilyCook online curricula for parents and children at home!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-867-3929