FamilyCook Employs Youth to Strengthen NYC Summer Meal Participation

FamilyCook Employs Youth to Strengthen NYC Summer Meal Participation

When it comes to employing summer youth, the NYD Dept of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program is a huge boon to high school students who need experience in the responsibilities that come with entry-level employment.

This summer, through support from the American Dairy Association North East, FamilyCook is delighted to hire 15 Teen Battle Chefs to support Summer Meals at 3 DOE Office of Food & Nutrition Services (OFNS) Food Trucks locations serving lunches to youth 18 years and under.

Because the food truck sites are not pools or sites with recreational opportunities – teams of Teen Battle Chefs will be providing physical activity and some nutritional guidance to youth 3-14 years 6 days a week!  Activities for younger children (under 8 years) will include:

  • Jump rope
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Relay races
  • Parachute games
  • Hoola Hoop contests

The project goals include:

  1. Increase the overall number of summer meals provided at each of these Summer Meals park sites
  2. Provide a great job experience and weekly mentoring to the TBC youth conducting the activities
  3. Provide physical activity and recreation to children in the vicinity of the 3 Summer Meals park/ food truck locations

Share these locations and the fun activities with your community members in these neighborhoods:

Manhattan Manhattan Queens
Sara D. Roosevelt Park Holcombe Rucker Park Rufus King Playground
14 Irvington Street,

New York, NY 10002

280 W. 155 St,

Manhattan, NY 10039

150-29 Jamaica Avenue,

Jamaica, NY 11435

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