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Hands-on Learning is at the Heart of Cooking with Kids Programming

Cooking lessons, tasting lessons, lunchroom promotions, and more!

Learn more about all the different ways Cooking with Kids brings hands-on learning with food to public school students.

Research shows that Cooking with Kids works!

When kids help prepare healthy foods, they’re more likely to eat and enjoy them! Read more about the USDA-funded research conducted by Colorado State University.*

Every year is our BIGGEST year of cooking!

Cooking with Kids keeps growing every year. With the addition of Los Niños Elementary School in Las Vegas, New Mexico, we are now officially in three counties in Northern New Mexico and serving over 6,000 kids!

Cooking with Kids: San Miguel

Welcome, Las Vegas, NM!

Getting started in a new community is a unique experience every single time. We are grateful to the many San Miguel community members whose determined efforts helped make this happen.

Our goal is to be in every public school in San Miguel County.

Cooking with Kids is growing quickly, but also thoughtfully and sustainably. Learn more about how you can help.

Cooking with Kids: Rio Arriba

Rio Arriba is cooking up a storm!

Since its inception in 2016, Cooking with Kids: Rio Arriba has expanded into 9 schoolswe are close to having programming in all public schools in the district!

We’re here to stay.

When Cooking with Kids becomes part of a school community, we are in it for the long haul.

Cooking with Kids: Santa Fe

Almost twenty-five years ago, Cooking with Kids founder Lynn Walters started something great.

Cooking with the next generation.

For more than 25 years, Cooking with Kids has nurtured students through rich, unique hands-on nutrition education in Santa Fe public schools. Now, parents who had Cooking with Kids in elementary school are volunteering in their kids’ cooking classes. One of our board members is even a Cooking with Kids alum!

Farmers in the Schools

We connect kids with farmers and locally grown produce.

Cooking with Kids invites farmers into classrooms to get kids interested in where their food comes from! We also purchase locally grown produce for our classes whenever possible.

We help school cafeterias purchase, prepare, and promote local foods.

Farmers make special appearances in cafeterias, too! Cooking with Kids invites farmers into school cafeterias to connect kids with freshly-harvested produce. We also provide training and support for using local food in school cafeterias and have helped change school district policies around purchasing local food.


World-class culinary community meets wide-eyed kids.

Everyone loves a super-speedy knife demo! But even more, when Superchefs roll up their sleeves and cook alongside our kids, they help bring home the message that cooking matters.

We use culinary and cafeteria in the same sentence.

Superchefs volunteer in school cafeterias to provide culinary training and support to cafeteria staff.

Looking for hands-on nutrition education resources?

Curriculum: Hands-on Lessons for Nutrition Education

We’re excited to share Cooking with Kids’ NEW resource platform: The BIG little Project!

Access lessons, recipes, videos, and inspiration developed by Cooking with Kids over the past 25+ years. Kid-tested. Teacher-approved. Start cooking up your own BIG little Project today!

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