“End the Cycle of Hunger & Poverty”
What We DoWe established the Food for Thought Learning Institute to teach vulnerable members of the Oklahoma City Metro Area basic food preparation, to help them overcome the cycle of hunger and poverty in Oklahoma:
- Basic kitchen safety
- Preparing delicious food
- Nutritional knowledge
- Smart shopping techniques
We are currently setting up our first teaching kitchen facility in Norman. If your organization has even a basic kitchen, the Institute can come to you.
Our future plans include the expansion of this program to encompass poverty-stricken areas throughout the U.S. to end hunger, ultimately rendering programs like this obsolete.
How You Can Help
The Food for Thought Learning Institute runs entirely on your donations.1 We currently need:
- New or gently-used kitchen items (e.g., cutting boards, colanders, strainers, pots & pans, etc.)
- Appliances (e.g., refrigeration)
Accomplishments (So Far …)
Now in Our Third Year
We partnered with 12 organizations in Norman and Oklahoma City. We taught nearly 100 classes and almost 1300 kids and adults to make delicious and nutritious meals and smart snack choices.
Thru our ongoing partnership with the Norman non-profit program, Bridges, we teach classes as part of their life skills program. Students learn by doing: chopping, sautéeing, and using the ingredients that happen to be at hand.We also partnered with the Center for Children & Families to teach classes for 4th- and 5th-grade boys. We taught the boys basic kitchen tool techniques. Children in this challenging age group are frequently left “in charge” at home, boosting the need for meal preparation skills. We currently teach classes thru their Neighborhood Center Summer Enrichment Program.
Our partners include:
- Bridges of Norman
- Center for Children & Families
- Willows Apartments
- Thunderbird Clubhouse
- Food and Shelter Inc.
- YMCA of Greater OKC
Our 1st Grants!
We are proud to be recipients of Norman Community Foundation grants 2 years in a row!
An ongoing partnership with the City of Norman’s Planet Reaves Kids Camp, we teach a 10-week program for children ages 5 – 12. Students learned about healthy and fun snack preparation.
In addition to the cooking class, we taught at the Y’s Camp Classen (Davis, OK). We work closely with YMCA’s 5210 Healthy Kids Initiative.