Our Programs

Public School Curriculum

Food literacy programs for

1st grade – 5th grade

Summer Camp Program

Food literacy programs beyond the classroom

School and After School Grant Program

Food literacy programs in your community

Public School Curriculum: Grades 1 – 5

Available in New York City Public Schools Only

Spoons Food Explorers

Our core curriculum begins in the 1st grade with Spoons Food Explorers. In this program, children are introduced to the fresh, healthy ingredients in a simple recipe, and actively explore these foods using all of their senses. Read More…

Farm to Book

Spoons Across America’s core curriculum continues in the 2nd grade with Farm to Book. This program gives children their increased opportunities to explore both new and unfamiliar tastes and flavors, learn about the source of their food-how it is produced, grown, and makes it way from farm to table. Read More…

Take a Taste with Spoons

After children have participated in two years of Spoons’ programming they are ready for Take a Taste with Spoons.  Building upon the themes of exploration and discovery established in Spoons Food Explorers and Farm to Book, this residency for 3rd graders, gives children the opportunity to delve deeper into the discovery of taste, develop increased vocabulary around food and flavor, learn more specific information about nutrition and healthy choices, and make some simple recipes.   Read more…

Spoons Recipe Days

“Graduates” of our third grade program, Take a Taste with Spoons, continue their learning, exploration of food, and healthy eating as 4th graders in Spoons Recipe Days. Each session focuses upon a selected theme and recipe that encourages children to explore, prepare and taste healthy foods.  Read More…

The Dinner Party Project®

After completing 4 years of Spoons Across America’s programming, 5th grade children are ready for The Dinner Party Project.  The children in The Dinner Party Project are responsible for planning, preparing, and hosting a multi-course dinner for their families in their school cafeteria. Read more…

Are you a New York City school interested in our programs? Click here to provide your information and we will send you an application for next year when it becomes available. 

Our programs are taught in 5-week residency “blocks,” in which an educator from Spoons Across America teaches daily in an assigned school, providing children with consistent, weekly instruction and hands-on activities around food, nutrition, and taste.

We implement 4 sessions long, weekly programs to all children in the 1st-5th grades at each of our participating schools, ensuring a “whole school” approach to food education for both children, teachers, and families.  

Children participating in our programs have educational experiences around food, tasting, nutrition, and health that are developmentally appropriate and build upon previous concepts and experiences.

All our programs are hands-on and exploratory based, as well as including opportunities for writing and drawing, and contain take-home materials for families with recipes, related activities, and opportunities for further discovery.

Summer Camp Program:

Available in New York City and Across America

 Spoons Cooking Club

Spoons Cooking Club is designed for summer camps that want to incorporate a food literacy component to their programming.  Spoons Cooking Club is an 8 session food and nutrition literacy program for children 6-13 years old. Each one-hour session focuses upon a selected theme and recipe that encourages children to explore, prepare and taste healthy foods… Read more…

School and After School Grant Program:

Available outside New York City Only

The Food Exploration Project

The Spoons Across America Food Exploration Project is available through a grant program that is made possible by the generousity of friends of Spoons Across America.  In this 8-week course children get a taste of the Spoons Across America curriculum. This course includes condensed learning from our core curriculum courses for 2nd through 6th-grade children. Read more…