who we are
We envision a world where eating wholesome, home-cooked meals with family and friends is the norm and all people have the opportunity to enjoy life-long health. We ask that you join us in the fight to reclaim our children's health as a volunteer, advocate or supporter.
Obesity remains our nation's most daunting public health crisis and affects1/3 of adults and 1/6 of children. Milwaukee, like many other cities, suffers even higher rates, particularly within its low-income and minority communities. A 2011 study found that 45.5% of Black Wisconsinites, majority of whom live in Milwaukee, were obese. This is the highest rate in the nation. Milwaukee Public Schools reported that 37% of their students were overweight—a rate double the national average. Many factors contribute, from a lack of cooking skills among single working parents to toxic food environments. The results have given us generations of people with an unhealthy connection to highly-processed foods and a lack of skills or experiences to break the cycle.
FoodRight was established in 2012 as a social enterprise dedicated solely to changing the way Milwaukee eats by building healthy connections to food. FoodRight aims to eliminate food insecurity and chronic diseases linked with poor diet starting with those most at risk—our children. Experiential lessons implemented in schools and organizations teach children, families and educators to cook and enjoy wholesome, low-cost, plant-based meals from around the world. Research-based and vetted, our curricula effect changes in habits and attitudes that last a lifetime while addressing academic standards. We serve Milwaukee’s central-city, developing a model to be nationally replicated.
A letter from our founder
Early in 2006, I conducted a needs assessment in central Milwaukee that revealed a youth population with a consistently poor diet, a high prevalence of obesity, and a dearth of programming to address the issue. I found adolescents who were responsible for preparing meals not only for themselves but also for their younger siblings--meals that consisted of heating instant, packaged foods. The idea to reintroduce a re-invented home economics to address the needs of today’s youth was born.
I wrote and launched Youth Chef Academy©. Guided by food acceptance research, this hands-on education program teaches children to cook plant-based meals from scratch while incorporating grade-specific academic standards. Evaluation done in partnership with the University of Wisconsin shows that it not only increases intake of fruits and vegetables, but also engagement in learning.
With the help and support of many donors, educators, interns, parents and volunteers, we have been able to teach 1000's of children how to cook from scratch. Our goal is to bring hands-on culinary education to every school-aged child in Milwaukee, empowering children, families and communities to make food choices that will not only bring lasting changes in their personal health but also to the health of their communities and the environment.
Lisa Kingery, MS, RD
Founder and Culinary Educator
FoodRight empowers youth, families and communities to choose foods that sustain life-long health.
That all people understand the impact of food on health and are able to 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.
Support a sustainable food system that's environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially just.
Diversity in foods grown and eaten is a key component to individual and environmental health.
Experiential learning is a tool for impactful education.
Family meals are a powerful means of promoting well-being.