Empowering youth and engaging families through weekly live cooking classes and grocery deliveries to advance knowledge and strengthen our communities
SNACC envisions a world where all youth have the resources and tools to succeed.
SNACC is an after-school, food education program that promotes youth development in underserved communities. We provide access to food via grocery drop-offs, and weekly cooking classes led by professional chefs. SNACC works with students to create healthy and eclectic dishes, using food as a vehicle to improve food security and youth outcomes. 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 was founded in 2019 as a program within Faces in Between. Faces in Between was initially founded to work with and serve the NYC homeless population. In our early years, we provided thousands of care packages with essential items to individuals experiencing homelessness across all of New York City, we developed speaker series events inviting currently homeless individuals to share their stories to educate others and address stigmas of homelessness.
Through speaking with the individuals whom we served, public health experts, and individuals in low-income communities throughout NYC, we determined that it was essential to get at the root causes leading to long-term poor health outcomes. Therefore, in our commitment to increasing the well-being of society, it was essential to focus on providing youth with an innovative program that promotes positive youth development and ultimately has a lasting impact on families and communities at large.
These conversations with stakeholders led us to develop the SNACC program, which works to increase the health and quality of life for families by working with youth to teach life skills, expose youth to healthy habits and bring families together over nourishing and nutrient-rich meals.
SNACC is a completely unique program, founded on extensive research both academically and in the field. Every aspect of the program is intentionally designed to support our youth while promoting positive youth development in underserved communities.
SNACC initially launched in-person at a Title 1 School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in January 2020. At this point, we were transforming a classroom into a kitchen setting and bringing in all of the necessary tools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and school shutdowns, adjustments were made to our approach.
Throughout the immediate months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we shaped our services to meet the most pressing needs of the community. At this point, we began our meal distribution program and interactive virtual curriculum.
We partnered with a local fresh food vendor to deliver over 16,000 healthy meals directly to our community members’ doorsteps. During summer 2020, we held a summer enrichment program where students explored STEM principles that applied to nutrition and cooking through food experiments, virtual field trips, and educational games. During this time we were constantly assessing community needs and remodeling our long-term approach. This is when we launched the SNACC at-home model, where students join us in the virtual SNACC kitchen every week while chefs teach their favorite easy, low-cost recipes to our students.
In consideration of the communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have dedicated our focus to serving students in the South Bronx. Our students live in District 16, one of the most underserved and hardest-hit congressional districts in the United States. 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.
We are constantly assessing the community's needs and are evolving our innovative programming to best meet those needs. This work is only possible through the support and partnership of our generous donors. We thank you with all of our hearts.