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Teen Kitchen Project

Organization Mission

The Teen Kitchen Project builds healthier communities by cooking food. Chefs and nutritionists help volunteer teens cook nourishing meals that are delivered to individuals and families in crisis due to severe illness throughout Santa Cruz County.

The Big Idea:
Support the Critically Ill with Home Delivered Meals

Help us to increase delivered meals by 200% to support those who are isolated due to illness during the pandemic. Your support will provide uninterrupted meal delivery service to 500 Santa Cruz County individuals and families who are impacted by a life-threatening illness.

We’ll also continue to engage teens as a paid, stable workforce in order to deliver a total of 97,000 meals in 2020, representing an increase in production of 140% as we respond to the evolving impact of the pandemic.

We will engage 100 youth in a variety of ways to learn more about cooking and eating healthy food, supporting clients through check-in calls and cards, and creating and delivering flower arrangements.

It restored my faith in the goodness of my community, that people care enough about their neighbors to make sure they're fed. All at no cost to me.