SNACC exposes students to culinary arts, international cuisines, and nutrition knowledge through an experiential approach to food education and wellness.
With approximately 1 in 4 NYC children experiencing food insecurity and those numbers on the rise, providing equitable access to safe, nutritious, affordable food is crucial to improving youth and family outcomes.
SNACC provides access to food and education via grocery drop-offs, weekly cooking classes led by professional chefs, field trips, and a hands-on curriculum.
While promoting confidence, education, and self-sufficiency among high-need youth, our students develop both hard and soft skills, becoming empowered to contribute to their households and communities.
SNACC serves middle and high school students living in the South Bronx. Our students live in district 15, one of the most underserved congressional districts in the U.S.
SNACC's Virtual Kitchen
As a result of COVID-19, we made significant changes to our program model. In Fall 2020 we relaunched our weekly cooking programming via Zoom. Our virtual initiative provides each student with their own kitchen supply starter kit as well as weekly ingredients sent directly to their homes to use at each session. At each session, students prepare at least four portions of nourishing meals to enjoy with their families.
Based on an evaluation of the program from last school year:
90% of families reported that the SNACC food has helped reduce stress around putting food on the table.
100% of SNACC parents reported that their family eats healthier since joining SNACC.
100% of our students reported that they now feel more competent in the kitchen.
100% of our students reported that the food they prepare is used and eaten by themselves and their families throughout the week.
100% of our students reported an increase in self-confidence since joining SNACC.
100% of our students reported feeling more independent since joining SNACC.
100% of our students reported that they have more knowledge about nutrition, portion sizes and healthy eating since starting SNACC.
Words from the Community
"I really appreciate all the donations you all do for families like us that, maybe don't have enough money to make better choices of food to buy and eat, and don't know how to prepare the food. Thank you for providing us with the groceries and the chefs that teach our children how to learn to cook. I appreciate that you always incorporate vegetables and salads into each dish. The SNACC program has helped my daughter gain more social skills and a lot of confidence in herself. Thank you very much for your support."
SNACC Parent, Class of 2022