Our HEALing Kitchen Cooking Classes

Our HEALing Kitchen” is a “garden-to-kitchen” curriculum that provides knowledge and skill-building to increase fruit and vegetable selection, preparation, and consumption. This curriculum places emphasis on locally grown food and the benefits of eating a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats, sugars, and processed foods.

HEAL, a partnership between St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health, is now offering funding to enable local organizations and churches to offer cooking classes aimed at helping people learn new, fun, and affordable ways to integrate healthy foods into their daily diets. Evaluations show that Our HEALing Kitchen classes have been successful in increasing daily fruit and vegetable consumption by participants as well as increasing confidence in cooking meals on a budget. For example,

  • The percentage of individuals who ate at least 2 cups of vegetables in the past 24 hours increased from 15.4% pre to 31.1% post. Additionally, there was a decline of 5.2% of those who ate none from pre to post.
  • The percentage of individuals who were either Confident or Very confident they can use basic cooking skills increased from 60.3% pre to 65.5% post.
  • The percentage of individuals who were either Confident or Very Confident they can make balanced meals on a budget increased from 43.6% pre to 57.3% post.

Educational Opportunities and Resources

OHK Class Grants

Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 1, 2024.

OHK Recipes

OHK Community Partners

2016-2023 By the Numbers

170 grants to churches and non-profits