A needs assessment conducted by Lisa Kingery, founder and CEO of FoodRight, in central Milwaukee early in 2006, revealed a youth population with a consistently poor diet, high prevalence of obesity, and a lack of programming to address the issue.
The idea to introduce an elevated home economics curricula to address the needs of today’s youth was born. The Youth Chef Academy©(YCA), a cooking-based nutrition education program, was created based on behavior change theory and food acceptance research.
Since its' official launch in 2015, FoodRight continues to develop and broaden its hands-on culinary & nutrition programs.
FoodRight has expanded its reach as a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that partners with Milwaukee Public Schools and community-based organizations to offer gardening and culinary nutrition education programming taught by registered dietitians and public health experts. In addition, FoodRight utilizes creative strategies to help support and build healthy school environments through policy, systems, and environmental initiatives.
FoodRight develops its own plant-based recipes, created to be affordable, accessible and globally-minded.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EMPOWER YOUTH?
We help students ....
Claim their right to access fresh, nutritious whole foods
Claim their right to engage and learn from hands-on, gardening, culinary and nutrition education
Claim their right to develop skills that allow them to turn nutritious whole foods into delicious plant-based meals
That all people understand the impact of food on health and can make life-supporting choices
That all people have access to wholesome, sustainably-raised foods no matter their income
That all people possess the basic skills to cook wholesome foods from scratch
A sustainable food system — environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially just
Diversity in foods grown and eaten as a key component to individual and environmental health
Experiential learning as a tool for impactful education
Family meals as a powerful means of promoting well-being