Spoons Cooking Club
A curriculum guide and training program for staff at After School Programs, Summer Camps and Community Centers based on our popular Spoons Recipe Days program.
Spoons Across America has a long history of providing hands-on exploratory based curriculum and programs that educate children, teachers and families about the benefits of healthy eating. We are excited to offer staff trainings, curriculum and materials for Spoons Cooking Club to After School Programs, Summer Camps and Community Centers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spoons Cooking Club? Spoons Cooking Club is an eight 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. Activities are presented in a fun, hands-on manner with opportunities to learn culinary skills, kitchen science, nutrition, food origins and more!

What activities will children participate in during this program? In each session of Spoons Cooking Club children explore the individual ingredients in a recipe, learn about the nutritious aspects of the dish, and then prepare the recipe to share with their friends. Each one-hour session focuses upon a selected theme and recipe that encourages children to explore, prepare and taste healthy foods.

What age group is recommended for this program? Spoons Cooking Club can be adapted to work with most age groups, although younger children will need more adult direction and support. In some cases, older children in Leaders-in-Training programs have worked with younger students after participating in their own sessions. Training and materials include suggestions for how to adapt the program for different age children.

What type of training do you offer? Spoons Across America offers a hands-on training where your staff will be introduced to Spoons Across America as an organization, and the goals and activities included in Spoons Cooking Club. Participants engage in sample project activities, as well as discussion and work around concepts, rationale, and suggestions for implementing the lessons. The training is designed for all site personnel who will be involved in the direct implementation of Spoons Cooking Club as well as other interested and relevant site and community members.

Can this program be implemented without an in-person trainng? While we recommend an in-person training, it is possible to undersetand the philosiophy and methodology of the program from written materials.

How is Spoons Cooking Club implemented?  Program sessions can be implemented according to the needs and schedule of your program. Some sites choose to teach classes once a week for 8 weeks, other implement the program monthly or bi-monthly over a longer period of time.

What materials are included with the program? All of the information, lessons, and materials that your staff will need to implement Spoon Cooking Club are included. (Sites provide food for lessons and some paper goods). Materials include:

  • Curriculum Guide with detailed lesson plans for each session
  • Food Explorer Cooking Kit (with select cooking supplies for use in the program),
  • Program template materials (parent letters, handouts for kids, etc.),
  • Food and supply lists, and
  • Other lesson-related materials.

Can we implement it with more than one group/location? YES! Once you are trained and/or receive curriculum materials, you are free to implement it with all groups and locations associated with your program. The Food Explorer Cooking Kit has enough materials for 1 class of 25 students, but most materials are reusable.

Can we get additional Food Explorer Kits? YES! Many sites decide to purchase additional kits so more than one group or location can participate at one time. Please contact us for pricing.

What is the cost of the program? Spoons Cooking Club with training: $995.00. Fee includes:

  • All training materials, food, and supplies for up to 8 people. (A supplemental fee will be charge for additional attendees)
  • Spoons Cooking Club Curriculum Guide for each attendee
  • Food Explorer Cooking Kit (for 25 children)
  • Program template materials including parent letters, handouts for kids, food and supply lists, and other lesson-related materials


How does my site or organization get involved? Ready to go or want to know more? Contact Ali McDowell, Director of Programs and Partnerships at ali@spoonsacrossamerica.org or (212)-245-1145

Download a copy of our Spoons Cooking Club FAQs.

Ready to Get Started?

If this program sounds like the right fit for your kids, we can help you!