Multicultural Cooking Program
Project Budget: $8,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whittier
This project is a fun, innovative class for the teens at El Rancho High School. They meet twice a week: first to go over ingredients needed for a recipe, and then to create the dish. The program benefits our members in multiple ways. Some of them do not have any exposure to cooking in their homes, so it’s a valuable opportunity to spend time learning basic culinary skills while discovering their own and others’ culinary heritage.
It creates an enjoyable context for them to develop an appreciation for meals made from scratch, while teaching teamwork and giving a sense of confidence and accomplishment as they create something healthy and delicious. Many of the teens lack nutritious foods in their regular diet, and our program leader chooses dishes that use fresh, whole ingredients. All of the dishes are vegetarian, and the majority of them are vegan, using healthy versions of classic recipes from around the world.
So far, the teens have made dishes from countries including El Salvador, Canada, Italy, and the Middle East. This encourages them to try new foods for the first time, including vegetables and other ingredients that they would not have considered trying in another context.