Cooking With Kids, Inc.

Santa Fe, NM   |  www.cookingwithkids.org

Mission

Cooking with Kids educates and empowers children and families to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Anna Farrier

Main address

PO Box 6113

Santa Fe, NM 87502 USA

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EIN

20-4396207

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cooking with Kids works to address the nutritional health and well-being of children in Northern New Mexico, impacting not only overall health, but also student engagement and educational success. Approximately one-third of 3rd grade students in NM are classified as overweight or obese. Furthermore, the daily median intake of fruits and vegetables for children in NM is slightly over 2 servings per day, well under the 5 recommended servings per day. Cooking with Kids programming supports increased consumption of fiber, fruits, and vegetables, a primary factor in the prevention of diet-related chronic illnesses. Additionally, children in NM are at risk for low academic success. Only 25% of students in NM are proficient in reading by the 4th grade, and only 20% are proficient in math by the 8th grade. Cooking with Kids provides experiential learning that engages students in a more holistic approach that school formats centered on reading, writing, and abstract concepts cannot provide.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hands-on Nutrition Education

Cooking with Kids provides hands-on learning with real food to over 5,000 elementary school students. Our unique hands-on approach gets kids excited about eating healthy foods while supporting the academic success of our students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of elementary school children receiving nutrition education.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Low-income people

Related Program

Hands-on Nutrition Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of family members participating in school activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children

Related Program

Hands-on Nutrition Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Cooking with Kids educates and empowers children and families to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods. Well-nourished kids are ready to learn, but providing nutrient-rich foods only works if kids choose to eat them! Our unique hands-on approach gets kids excited about eating healthy foods and supports the academic success of our students in the process. Cooking with Kids provides pivotal opportunities for students to experience first-hand why cooking matters. As we tell our students, “We take care of ourselves when we cook. We use math and science when we cook. We learn about our world when we cook.”

When kids help prepare healthy foods, they are more likely to eat and enjoy them, which is why hands-on learning is at the heart of Cooking with Kids programming. Students are highly engaged and able to see real time results in their work. Cooking with Kids classes are also welcoming opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s education and build classroom-to-kitchen bridges that support healthy eating efforts at home.

Cooking with Kids nutrition and cooking activities take place throughout the regular school year and during the summer. Working in close collaboration with school district administrators and teachers, Cooking with Kids educators conduct cooking and tasting classroom lessons that feature fresh, affordable foods and recipes from around the world. These lessons provide fun and positive experiences with healthy foods and give kids confidence in the kitchen. In addition, fruit and vegetable promotions occur regularly in cafeterias, supporting Farm to School and scratch-cooking efforts in school cafeterias. Cooking with Kids staff also work closely with student nutrition staff to provide technical support and culinary trainings. Local farmers and chefs (Superchefs™) are important partners in both classroom and cafeteria initiatives.

Cooking with Kids programming is evidence-based, and USDA-funded research conducted by Colorado State University confirms Cooking with Kids increases preferences for fruits and vegetables and self-efficacy in children (1, 2). These are important first steps towards creating life-long healthy eating habits and battling childhood obesity. As a 2nd grade teacher reported, “Cooking with Kids speaks to the way that young children learn and remember their learning. It is hands-on and actually becomes a part of each student in a way that is inescapable. They actually eat their learning! CWK is one of the best parts of school.”

1. Cunningham-Sabo, L, Lohse, B. (2013). Cooking with Kids positively impacts 4th-graders’ vegetable preferences, and attitudes and self-efficacy for food and cooking. Childhood Obesity. 9(6): 549-556. doi:10.1089/chi.2013.0076
2. Cunningham-Sabo, L, Lohse, B. (2014). Impact of a school-based cooking curriculum for 4th grade students on attitudes and behaviors is influenced by gender and prior cooking experience. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 46(2), 110-120. doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2013.09.007

Cooking with Kids has a 25-year track record of successful partnership with public schools, various community organizations and thousands of family member volunteers, bringing sustained, evidence-based nutrition education programming to thousands of children each year. Cooking with Kids has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader in experiential nutrition education, and published research in peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and Childhood Obesity) demonstrates the efficacy of CWK programming: “Cooking with Kids increased fruit and vegetable preferences, especially with vegetables . . . experiential nutrition education improved cognitive behaviors that may mediate healthful food choices.” Additionally, UNM Prevention Research Center evaluation showed statistically significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption among Cooking with Kids participants (New Mexico SNAP-Ed Evaluation Report, Theresa Cruz, PhD, et al., 2015).

Started in 1995, Cooking with Kids has grown from an all-volunteer effort in one school to an integral part of school communities in 15 public schools in two school districts. Our highly skilled staff has nurtured generations of students through rich and unique hands-on education with food in the majority of public elementary schools in Santa Fe County, and as our 25th anniversary quickly approaches, Cooking with Kids is positioned for even further growth in Northern New Mexico, with the aim of impacting even more children and families.

Financials

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Operations

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Cooking With Kids, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristina Martinez

Tim Foster

Alison Brushaber

Charles Dale

Alan Jones

Patrick Mares

Linda Myers

Michael Knight

Mary Anne Larsen

Matt Bunkowski

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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