FamilyCook Productions Improves Diets Through Evidence-Based Nutrition Education

by Justin Taylor

What they do: FamilyCook Productions is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. They support communities with culinary/nutrition education programs because they know it takes a holistic approach to develop healthy family meals.

How they do it: FamilyCook Productions offers schools, community-based groups, and other organizations a variety of field-tested, evidence-based curricula for Pre-K-12 that teach nutrition through cooking. They inspire parents and children, teens and individuals to approach meals as a cultural adventure and special time for coming together at the table, using recipes bursting with fresh ingredients. They also empower youth to prepare healthful meals and share seasonal meals with friends, family and their community. They use a train the trainer model to embed hands-on nutrition education in schools, community organizations, WIC Centers, hospitals and other clinical settings. Their evidence-based and field-tested curricula has been replicated in over 300 sites across 30+ states, influencing over 310,000 youth and adults nationwide.

Mission:  “To bring people of all ages together around delicious, affordable fresh food to positively impact their health and well-being.”

Latest project/campaign: FamilyCook Productions’ Kids Food Reboot encourages families as well as restaurants to adapt their menus to serve children fresh, healthy, and real food in place of overly processed, frozen, and unhealthy “kids food.” It aims to expose children to a variety of unfamiliar whole foods in order to prepare them for a lifetime of healthy eating.

Ford Foundation, Levitt Foundation, American Dairy Association Dairy Council, HealthCorps, National Institutes of Health

Profit/Nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual budget: N/A

For everyone who graduates from the Teen Battle Chef program, they have a spillover effect of positively influencing the diet of, on average, 10 more people (mostly family and friends).



330 E. 43rd Street #704

New York, NY 10017

Nutritional culinary program professional development and curriculum for preschool – adult, one farmers market demo program curriculum as well.

Number of staff: 4

Number of volunteers: 3

Area served: National

Year started: 1995

Founder/chair: Lynn Fredericks

Contact information:

(212) 867-3929

Photo credit: FamilyCook Productions

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