The Food First culinary experience is a 12-week community kitchen program that teaches families the skills needed to prepare healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. It also addresses poverty with innovation and long-term solutions. This program offers the following community supports and instruction
ATB Financial teaches financial literacy
LEARN teaches literacy skills, mental health and parenting support
Community Food Connections teaches canning and gardening
Sedona North Takes our participants on a grocery store tour with a dietitian
We teach basic culinary schools and also provide participants with kitchen tools to be successful including a croc pot and deepfreeze.
We work directly with families to address long term food sustainability in their lives by connecting them to community supports. We have a very high success rate in this program, the large investment we put into each individual gives us the ability to lift them out of food insecurity therefore no longer requiring access to our Emergency Food Pantry. Our "hand up not hand out" approach has proven to take people out of the system by building community which gives our families the opportunity to become self sufficient and successful long-term,.
The Food First culinary experience is available to families who are current members of our organization or with a referral from our community partners when food security has been identified as a goal. You can apply through our intake advisor at Intake@mhfoodbank.com or by calling 403-528-4313 ext 1.