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.
More Teens, More Meals
The Teen Kitchen Project provides teens with an opportunity to learn cooking skills while giving back to our community. Teen chefs volunteer thousands of hours every year to provide meals to clients. Most are economically disadvantaged, live alone without support, and are not served by other meal programs. TKP provides a vital service for families struggling with illness, while empowering teens and building community.
Our van picks up at high schools to transport youth to our kitchens in Soquel and Watsonville. After renting kitchens for eight years, TKP has the opportunity to expand by building our own kitchen with building expenses covered by a private foundation. But we need to raise funds for all the equipment in the kitchen, including a tilt skillet so we can start cooking once the location is complete in early 2020! It is not as small as it sounds! A tilt skillet is a piece of equipment with a large area of heated steel at the bottom, allowing us to make large quantities of soups and stews at once.
The new kitchen will save $25,000 per year on rent and allow us to serve youth Monday – Friday, increasing our direct impact from 40 to 60 youth, with the capacity to add more in the future, and enable us to grow our catering program, which employs local youth, for added income. Use us for your next event!
Our work helps people every day, and hopes to teach a lifelong habit of giving to local youth.
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.