• what we do


    Happy Healthy Cooks turns kids and their families on to healthful whole foods – vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes – because their health depends on it.

    Our trained volunteers deliver our proven, hands-on, sensory-based curriculum to elementary school children at an early age so they can protect their health through diet as they grow older. Students learn the impact of nutrition, prepare and taste a variety of healthful foods, learn how to determine what foods are good for their bodies and minds, and COOK in the classroom! The more kids are involved with and learn about healthful foods, the more likely they are to taste them and like them.

    By the end of the year, students discover they LOVE foods such as kale, lentils, brown rice, salad, bok choy, black beans, and other plant-based foods – and they often ask for seconds and thirds!

    Happy Healthy Cooks lessons support language arts, math, science, and social studies SOLs.

    We think our Happy Healthy Cooks say it best…


    We are unbelievably grateful to our sponsors and major donors:
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    Ami Trowell
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