WHAT’S FOR DINNER
is one of The Mix at Arbor Place’s longest standing programs. The program provides neighborhood youth with nutritious snacks and dinners throughout the school year. In the summer months’ breakfast, snack, and lunch are provided. According to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 20.5% of children in Pennsylvania are food insecure. The consequences of child hunger are staggering. Hungry children are 3 times more likely to suffer from poor health, three times more likely to be suspended from school, and much more likely to be ill-prepared to learn in school. Through What’s for Dinner all meals are provided free of charge to youth! In 2018 we served over 15,000 free meals to kids in need.
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
Our afterschool cooking classes offer our students enriching after school cooking activities that are fun and educational! While exploring cultural and food related themes, our program includes a foundation of learning that enhances what kids learn in their classrooms: organization skills, safety, nutrition, working as a team, cooperation, and taking turns. Basic reading and math skills are used daily, as students follow recipes, learn to measure, and double or half the amounts of ingredients.