The Clubs provides several cooking programs to teach food nutrition and food literacy to our members.
Kid Food Nation
Kid Food Nation is a BGCC national program that aims to improve children’s health by teaching food skills and enhancing food literacy in a fun and interactive program. Kid Food Nation is an 8-week program that builds week to week based on the knowledge and skills being taught by our trained staff. Participants develop confidence in their ability to cook and create healthy meals on their own by learning new skills such as cutting, grating, peeling, mashing and mixing; gaining knowledge in how to read a recipe, make a healthy choice about what they eat, build a grocery list and where food comes from (and how best to support local); having confidence to change food habits, one goal at a time!
Who: Ages 7-12 years’ old
When: Tuesday Evenings from 6:15 to 8:30
This program is funded by President’s Choice Children’s Charity.
After School Cooking Programs
Each week, members have the opportunity to participate in cooking classes in the afterschool program. Our members are taught to make basic snacks and meals that can easily be re-created at home with limited skills and supplies. Members also get to experience creating the occasional “high skilled” recipe such as making pasta from scratch or sushi, which gives them the opportunity to try something completely new!
Who: Any afterschool member (Grade Jk-8)
When: Each school is assigned a cooking day – please see our monthly program calendar for specific schools.
Each week, we upload our “cooking show” onto the media platform YouTube to our Boys & Girls Club channel; our staff works though a new recipe each week, from start to finish, so families at home can get the step-by-step instructions to follow along from home. This program is designed for members that are not able to participate in live cooking programs and are easily accessible through YouTube. The staff prepares meals and snacks that are budget friendly, healthy, fresh and exciting!
When: Video’s are uploaded every Friday to the page: Click here