Tampa Bay Kids' Kitchen
a portable pop-up kitchen for use at youth gardens
June 2018, Yara Khalid volunteers to assist a student with cutting string beans at a cooking lesson presented by Hillsborough Social Services & Junior Chefs of America at the Oaks at Riverview Community Center.
We are so very excited to announce the roll-out of our brand new mobile Kids' Kitchen on Nov. 3 at the Green Apple Day of Service at Turner-Bartels K-8. On this very special day - a year in the making - TBK8 students, their families, and volunteers with Grace Empire Church, the Patel College and TTF2S will complete the set-up of the 4th grade gardens.
Adding to the excitement for the incoming 4th graders, the students will also be treated to a cooking demo by our Kids' Kitchen intern cooking team. USF student interns will engage young gardeners in a demonstration of how to prepare a simple dish using the same type of vegetables they will grow in their new gardens.
Helping students make the connection between the vegetables that they grow in their new gardens and the healthy plant-based dishes they can make at home is an important goal, fulfilling the TTF2S vision of "Healthy Communities, Seriously Healthy Food."
When USF undergraduate honors student Yara Kahlid approached us asking for an opportunity to cook with kids, we said, "YES! LET'S DO THAT!" To fulfill our vision of fostering healthy communities requires more than just building and supporting hands-on gardening experiences for kids. We must also show young gardeners how to use what they grow to make healthy food that tastes good.