Vetri Cooking Lab

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, and 7 - 8Program Tags: cooking, culinary, nutrition, VCL, and VCP

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  • Vetri Cooking Lab is an out-of-school time program for students 4th through 6th grades that focuses on cooking, nutrition, and food education featuring STEM core concepts.  Developed by our culinary and education experts, this program is designed to empower students to make healthy choices by arming them with knowledge about their food and getting them involved in the cooking process.

    Participants in the program will learn the difference between whole and processed foods, as well as where to find whole foods and how to make tasty, nutritious dishes.  The curriculum recipes are tailored to make the most of limited settings and teach a wide range of culinary skills needed to prepare healthy, delicious and affordable meals.  We cover topics like Healthy Snacking, Reading Nutrition Labels, The Importance of Breakfast, Food Marketing, Food Access, and Watching Out for Added Sugar.  Each class has students working hands-on to create 1 to 3 dishes, and ends with the class tasting their creations together.

    Vetri Cooking Lab classes are held in schools, community centers and after-school programming organizations throughout Philadelphia and Camden.  Each class is taught by one of our instructors and assisted by two volunteers.  Students are hands-on the whole time using real kitchen tools such as knives, peelers, graters, skillets and griddles.

    In the 2017-2018 School Year, Vetri Cooking Labs will be hosted at:

    1. Antonia Pantoja Charter School – 4101 N. American St, Phila PA 19140
    2. Boys & Girls Club of East Camden – 2 N. Dudley St, Camden NJ 08105
    3. CHOP Healthy Weight Clinic – 3550 Market St, Phila PA 19104
    4. Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School – 6301 N. 2nd St, Phila PA 19120
    5. First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School – 4300 Tacony St, Phila PA 19124
    6. Lindley Academy Charter School – 900 Lindley Ave, Phila PA 19130
    7. McMichael Morton Elementary School – 3543 Fairmount Ave, Phila PA 19104
    8. Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School – 1750 N. 12th St, Phila PA 19122
    9. Saint Malachy Catholic School – 1012 W. Thompson St, Phila PA 19122
    10. Tanner G. Duckrey Elementary School – 1501 Diamond St, Phila PA 19121
    11. Vare-Washington Elementary School – 1198 S. 5th St, Phila PA 19147
    12. William D. Kelley Elementary School – 1601 N. 28th St, Phila PA 19121

    *More sites to come!

    Please contact Chelsea Schmidt at for more information or site locations.


    Organization Name: Vetri Community Partnership
    Organization Street Address: 211 N. 13th St. Suite 303
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Organization Phone Number: 215-600-2630
    Short Description of Organization:

    Vetri Community Partnership empowers children and families to lead healthier lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. We envision healthier children with fewer obesity-related health issues who become empowered adults who can then pass nutritional eating habits onto their children. Children who have healthy bodies and healthy minds have the opportunity to create healthy lives for themselves.

    Program Street Address: 211 N 13th St #303
    Program Phone Number: 267-281-6361
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: Yes
    If you answered yes to the last question ("l"), please list those partners.:

    Steppingstone Scholars, After-School All-Stars, Greener Partners Farm Explorers, CHOP Healthy Weight Clinic, EducationWorks

    Accepting Mentors: No


    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: No
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Consumer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Medicine and or Health
    • Other
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Arts and Media
    • Literacy
    • Workforce Development
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Center City
    • South Philadelphia
    • Southwest Philadelphia
    • West Philadelphia
    • Lower North Philadelphia
    • Bridesburg-Kensington-Richmond
    • Germantown-Chestnut Hill
    • Olney-Oak Lane
    • Near Northeast Philadelphia
    • Far Northeast Philadelphia
    • Other
    If you chose "other" for the question above then tell us where your program is offered.:

    Camden, NJ

    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • After school


    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 501-1000 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Between 2 and 5 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • 3rd - 6th grade
    • 7th - 8th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 76-100%
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Groups only
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Do not know


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: No we travel to sites and students.



    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, and 7 - 8
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