SimplySmartDinnerPlans is more than just a business for us, it’s a means of helping and supporting our community and those who need us most, by doing what we love…feeding hungry kids, and teaching them to feed themselves.
We have partnered with organizations like Impact Northwest, The Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, and Sparks of Hope to offer hands on, “real food” cooking classes.
Please sign up for our weekly newsletter, meal plans, and help support the MY KITCHEN Outreach. It’s easy, and free!
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’s a note we received from one of our students at the Sparks of Hope summer camps:
“Thank you for coming to camp and for teaching us!
I now know how to cook pasta sauce, omelets, and poached eggs – which is a good start for the almost adult who was going out into the world only knowing how to make toast and cereal. Lol!
I just wanted to say that I truly appreciate your guys’ heart to help kiddos and teens heal and grow. It has been a rarity (although it is getting better as I heal) for me to find safe adult males. Not only were you guys safe but you cared about the kids you were helping.
“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up” ― Bernard Meltzer
Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter, meal plans, and help support the MY KITCHEN Outreach. It’s easy, and free!
Other Groups we Partner With
We also contribute to several charities and non-profits that share our goal of changing kid’s lives, including The Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, The Father’s Heart Street Ministry, Sparks of Hope, Impact NW, and the national No Kid Hungry campaign.
Our involvement includes financial contributions, volunteering our time and resources, auctioning off our private chef services at fundraisers, and preparing and serving meals for fundraising and outreach events.
If you’d like to find out more about helping with future events, either physically or financially, please shoot us an email.
We have a special relationship with founders Chris & Lee Ann Mead, and the whole Sparks of Hope organization. It was thier generous support that allowed us to purchase much of our initial equipment and make our dream of a cooking outreach a reality. We look forward every year to working with the fantastic kids at the Sparks of Hope Healing Camps, each summer and winter. Every year, we auction our private chef services at their Dinner Auction & Gala, as well.
We’ve had the great opportunity work with Amy and her amazing organization for several years now. Cooking up barbecue at the beautiful Roloff Farms, partner with Amy in fund-raising parties, and being auctioned off each year at ARCF’s Starry Night event. We’ve even appeared on Little People Big World a couple of times!
Each Christmas season, we get to cook up an feast for the volunteers and needy families coming in for toys and necessities. This little girl made us a cookie to say thank you, because “that was the first time we had breakfast this week.”
We have worked with Teri Gant and the amazing volunteers at The Father’s Heart for many years now. Each Thanksgiving we fire up our La Caja China cooking boxes and roast turkeys for 100-150 of Clackamas County’s homeless and hungry at shelter in Oregon City (previously located in Clackamas.) The Father’s Heart is a ministry that we have the opportunity to cook for several time each year.