MY KITCHEN is a hands-on learning program; a series of basic nutrition, planning, shopping, and cooking classes for at-risk youth, including children recovering from abuse, and foster-care teens who are preparing to live on their own for the first time.
These are not classes that focus on a career in the culinary arts, but instead cover the primary skills and techniques required to plan, shop for, and cook healthy, affordable meals at home, using basic cooking equipment that these young people are likely to have available starting out on their own.
Think of it as “Home Ec.” for kids who may have never had a stable home environment to learn these essential skills from.
We believe that the ability to cook for oneself is a basic skill needed by everyone, and that the confidence and independence that comes along with these skills will transfer into all other areas of these kids lives.
In other words, if they can cook for themselves, they learn that they can do anything else they want to do!
Here are three ways you can help:
The majority of our funding is coming from ad-based revenue from the blog pages and recipes. Even if you never click on our ads, your subscription helps raise the traffic on our site, which in turn helps up rank higher in online searches with people who DO click on ads. (Like this one…)
So, please, if you haven’t yet be sure to visit our sign-up page via the link above.
2. Visit our Amazon store and links.
We’ve linked many of the products that we use ourselves and like enough to endorse, to our Amazon store, so readers can buy them as well. Categories include: Kitchen Hardware, Books Magazines & Videos, Knives etc., Condiments Spices & Such, Gadgets and Neat Stuff (my favorite), Outdoor Cooking, and Cooking with Kids.
PLEASE NOTE: If you’re planning on buying ANYTHING from Amazon.com, especially with Christmas coming up, please go to Amazon.com via our store front. If you enter the site through our store, anything you buy on Amazon, regardless if it’s something we’ve listed or not…we get credit for it and will receive a small commission!
3. Share the love!
Encourage friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and complete strangers you meet at the sushi bar, to fo all of the above!
#4: (this one’s an extra, just ’cause we like you…)
Please, please, please, share this post on your social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.,) There are link buttons right below this post, so you can share it right now!
If you’re a pinner, please follow our Pinterest page and pin the beautiful photos in our recipes posts, and just generally help us get the word out to anyone and everyone we can.
This is a numbers game, and the higher the numbers we get, the more kids we can help.
Thank you so much!
PS – Okay, okay…some folks have mentioned that they WOULD like to contribute to the program directly. If that’s the case, we’re certainly not going to turn you away! Donations to the programs can be made via this link.
While we are not, at this time, a 401c3 organization, we are working on it, and we’ll be able to offer charitable-giving receipts soon.