Programming in the Kitchen at Second Harvest is driven by our mission to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships.
Are you a community partner looking for program opportunities with the Second Harvest Kitchen? Fill out our Program Request form and email to Terry, Community Impact Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
Kitchen Lab field trips for children at Second Harvest feature interactive workshops including produce tastings, cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities that teach kids how to prepare and cook simple, nutritious recipes that contribute to better health and reduced obesity. If you are an educator or school aged child leader and interested in bringing a field trip to the Kitchen, please email Jandyl Doak or call at 509-252-6246.
Offer classes that teach scratch-cooking and quick healthy snack preparation. Some of these volunteers may be recruited to be a part of a peer mentoring program. Participants may be rewarded with bonus distributions of produce and other free groceries that are tied to the recipes and curriculum. Please view our Classes and Events page for more information.
Provide regular access to health and nutrition education partners so they can hold classes, test recipes and conduct other activities that are geared toward disadvantaged children, families and seniors. Please email Kitchen Manager Jandyl Doak or reach her by phone at 509.252.6246 with questions or for more information.
Manufacture and distribute frozen meal samples as incentives that get low-income households excited about scratch cooking. Recipes and ingredients will be concurrently distributed to families and seniors at mobile food bank events so they can prepare the meal at home.
Train the Trainers
The participants will be leaders of partner food pantries, congregate meal sites, Head Start programs, high-need schools, after school programs, healthcare agencies and other volunteers serving people in poverty. Some of these volunteers will be recruited to facilitate community cooking demonstrations.
Nutrition Ambassadors are volunteers trained by Second Harvest staff to facilitate a peer to peer program focused on cooking demonstrations, teaching My Plate nutrition guidelines, reading nutrition labels, emphasizing fruit and vegetable consumption, reduction in consumption of sugary foods’ and increased physical activity. Delivered at off-site locations to be determined including mobile food banks. If you are interested in volunteering for this program please email our Americorps Vista Allie Moore or by phone at 509.252.6271.