2018-2019 School Year In Review - Page 2

Reaching New Audiences
with Vetri Cooking Lab
Vetri Cooking Lab had a year of
tremendous growth, expanding
from 23 cooking lab sites
each semester to 32 this year!
This expansion also included
the addition of brand new
audiences. Of note is our new
partnership with the Achieving
Independence Center (AIC) in
North Philly – here we host VCL
for youth ages 15-20 within
the foster care system that will
soon be living on their own. This
is exciting because the youth are
building life skills, confidence in
the kitchen, and knowledge that
will help them make informed
decisions around purchasing,
cooking, and eating food! We
also launched programming at
our first high school – Liguori
Academy in Kensington. This
expansion has allowed us to dive
deeper into our conversations
around food and expand our
recipes to challenge an older
audience which has more agency
over their food decisions.
“I like getting to learn more
about cooking because my
New Year’s Resolution was
to learn how to do it on my
own. I’m also happy that it
was healthy foods because it
taught me that not everything
has to be loaded with sugar for
me to like it.”
-Jay, 11th Grader at AIC
Friends New & Old at Eat
to Empower
On the beautiful evening
of Saturday April 27th, Vetri
Community Partnership held
our 2nd Annual Eat to Empower
Dinner Series and Food Festival.
The Eat to Empower Dinner
Series included a group of six
invitation-only dinners that
were held in private locations
throughout the city. Here we
were honored to have some of
the nation’s best chefs join us
to partner with a selection of
Philadelphia’s finest chefs to
prepare a fantastic meal for each
of the hosts and their guests.
That same evening at Cherry
Street Pier, over 450 Eat to
Empower Food Festival guests
came hungry and ready to enjoy
17,000+ 90+
children & adults
partner sites
made by our three Mobile
Teaching Kitchens
participated in EAT360’s in-school
nutrition education programming
participated in Vetri Cooking
Lab, a STEAM (science, tech,
engineering, arts, math) based
after-school cooking program
supported by GSK
a sampling of Philly’s most
and beverage companies.
The beautiful views, weather,
raffles, auctions, music and
much more all added to
the appeal of the evening!
Before the night was over,
guests at both the Dinner
Series and the Food Festival
helped to raise over $300,000
to support our culinary and
nutrition education programs.
100+ HOURS
of nutrition education delivered to patients
and practitioners with Culinary Medicine
actively helping to deliver all of
our programs
both full and part time working hard
everyday to further our mission
Operating Budget

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