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Santa Barbara Co. Foodbank offering cooking program for teens

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 21:40:15-05

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is offering a new high school program that teaches teens how to cook as well as plan and budget meals.

The Food Creativity Lab is part of the Foodbank's expanding education program.

Organizers want to help students facing food insecurity build a deeper connection with food by cooking healthy, flavorful meals.

Classes will happen once a month at four different Santa Barbara County Schools, but organizers are hoping to expand to more schools over the next few years.

"We believe that every child should have access to fresh, healthy food and that they understand how to feed themselves properly and so we really focus on food literacy as a way to move from hunger or food insecurity into a healthy state of being," said Lacey Baldiviez, Foodbank Director of Community Programs and Education.

The Foodbank is expanding its existing children's programs to Carpinteria, Goleta, Isla Vista, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Cuyama, and Guadalupe.

All of its programs are taught by volunteer nutrition educators that are trained by the Foodbank.

Click here for more information on the Foodbank's programs.