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What Is CookShop Classroom for After-School? CookShop Classroom for After-School uses hands-on exploration and cooking activities to help children ages 6 to 12 learn to enjoy and appreciate a healthy diet. Through this federally funded curriculum, the Food Bank trains, equips and provides support to teachers and aides to lay the foundation for positive, healthful eating habits that will last for life. CookShop, a nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City, gives low-income New Yorkers of all ages the knowledge and information needed to make healthy food choices. With interactive workshops engaging more than 15,000 New Yorkers across all five boroughs, and social marketing targeting more than 100,000 youth, CookShop teaches cooking skills and nutrition information, and fosters enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. For more information, please contact Alexandra Chan, CookShop After-School Manager, at [email protected] CookShop students … CookShop educators … Identify and describe the USDA’s MyPyramid and the food groups. Receive comprehensive, interactive training from Food Bank For New York City staff. Explore the health risks of diets high in sugar and fat. Get all of the support, equipment, food and supplies needed to implement the curriculum successfully. Practice using food labels to make healthy food choices. Prepare simple, affordable, nutritious snacks and meals. Integrate CookShop curricula across multiple subjects, such as science, literacy and math. Share knowledge with family, friends and community members. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material was funded by USDA’s Food Stamp Program (SNAP). The Food Stamp Program (SNAP) can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact 311. “Every day the children would ask me when we're having the class, though they knew it was on Friday. Kids who were absent were very upset and would ask me for specific details detai about what they missed, what we ate, etc. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity this presented to the children and staff members.” members — James Powell After-School Teacher Children’s Aid Society Drew Hamilton Center West Harlem Most children ldren need to see, touch, taste and smell a new food more than a dozen ozen times before they are ready to decide whether they like it. CookShop lessons are designed to build familiarity with healthy food options. Children learn about the different parts of plants, and taste and cook with foods from each part. Age Age-appropriate curricula introduce students to nutritional concepts, and build skills needed for reading labels and making informed choices. Lessons are reinforced through exercises in language, social studies, science and math. CookShop curriculum materials provided by the Food Bank For New York City include such teaching tools as Teacher’s Guides, Activity Sheets,, Family Newsletters, and all of the food and equipment needed for class activities. “I appreciate all your support, and teachers and students alike all had great things to say about CookShop.” — Rebekah Oakes After-School After Program Director The Renaissance Charter School Queens HOW TO APPLY School-based sites eligible for CookShop must serve a student population of which at least 50 percent receives free or reduced-price price school lunch lunch. CookShop Classroom for After-School School may also be implemented at CACFP sites or public housing facilities. For sites that wish to implement CookShop Classroom for After-School: • • • • A minimum of two groups or classes of students, ages 6 to 12, must participate. A program staff person in each ch site must be designated the CookShop Coordinator. Coordinator This person will be the liaison between the site and Food Bank for all CookShop-related activities. activities All Site Directors must attend a program o orientation prior to the program start. At least two staff members and the CookShop Coordinator must attend a training prior to the start of the program. To request an application or for questions on your site’s eligibility, please contact Alexandra dra Chan, CookShop After-School Manager, at [email protected] @foodbanknyc.org.