My Daughter’s Kitchen started with the simple goal of teaching kids to cook healthy, affordable meals from scratch. Maureen Fitzgerald, food editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, started the first after school cooking class in 2012 at St. Martin de Porres in North Philadelphia, the idea spurring from the cooking lessons she gave her own daughter. She wrote about her experience in the Philadelphia Inquirer and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from her readers. Philadelphians loved the idea and wanted to get involved.
With a shared mission, the Vetri Community Partnership partnered with My Daughter’s Kitchen to expand the after-school cooking program in order to reach more students. With eight volunteers, the program expanded to four additional schools in the 2013-14 school year.
At each school, five fifth-graders learn how to work with whole ingredients to make simple, healthy meals on a modest budget. They are exposed to a wide range of new foods, and because they are the ones preparing the food, they’re invested in tasting the results. The kids learn how to work with each other to prepare a meal from start to finish – from reading through the recipe to drying the last dish.
With yet more enthusiasm and increased support, My Daughter’s Kitchen classes are now being taught in 25 schools in Philadelphia and five in Camden, New Jersey, with more than 150 students participating.
Learn more about My Daughter’s Kitchen here!
Read about our intern’s experience teaching the class at Community Partnership School here!
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Together with our partners we have served 526,540 healthy, family style meals.