WISH LIST: $50: chef coats for Community MVP youth; $140: full week of food for 1 site; $300: pots and pans for Brainfood's new kitchen
Brainfood counts on the universal appeal of food to attract young people (most of whom struggle with poverty, violence, and a school system that fails to meet their needs) to an afterschool and summer program that gets them into a supportive, educational environment. Cooking is fun, but it also requires reading, math, creativity, teamwork, and leadership, all skills that students need to succeed. So it's no surprise that the program has expanded from one site in Columbia Heights to two more: in Chinatown and Mount Vernon (where Brainfood’s first garden is situated), enabling youth from all eight wards of the city to participate. Brainfood Kitchen All Stars runs after school and Brainfood Summer Institute operates for six weeks in the summer, when longer classes allow for complex meal preparations, ambitious field trips, and community service projects at food banks and shelters. A new program, Brainfood Community MVPs, trains young people to train others in the preparation of healthy foods. Brainfood and your sustenance: now there's a recipe for success!
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington, DC 20010