cooking class & meal kit

Youth Black Excellence Life Readiness Course

2024 Programming:

4-week Summer Cooking Series

4-week Fall Cooking Series

Winter Baking Box Challenge

Virtual Classes via zoom*

*a recording will be available if you can't make the live class*

The Youth Black Excellence Cooking Class & Meal Kit Program is a series of 4-week virtual cooking experiences taught by outstanding Madison Area Black chefs to students (age 11-17). And, we need your help to make this fantastic program possible in 2024!

Over the course of the past three years we have served more than 500 students and families in the Madison School District! Demand for our program continues to grow each time we offer it. We’re seeking additional funding to allow us to continue to serve the program in 2024/25.

Donate: Can you help us extend this experience to more families? By signing up and sponsoring another family, more students will have the joy of learning through the experience of cooking! Donate here!

Register: Want to sign-up for our Spring/Summer 2024 course? Register now!

Volunteer: Want to help this awesome program by volunteering to pack kits or deliver to students' homes on Thursdays in June? Sign up here!

Sample Curriculum

● Students receive a meal kit delivered directly to their homes, live Zoom cooking class taught by a local instructor, and a colorful course pack with all of the class recipes.
● Learn the basics of meal planning, sourcing and selecting ingredients, safe food handling and storage, cooking techniques and kitchen skills while making dishes like Margherita Pizza from scratch, Jamaican Pumpkin Stew, Birria Tacos, and Vegetarian Chili.

● Students experience virtual farm “field trips” each week, watching the season progress at a local farm, and see where the produce and proteins in their meal kits come from. This program supports several area farms owned by POC and/or women.