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Stacey O
4020 Broadway
Queens (Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside)
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Photos: Free cooking class at Milkflower

the project

Free healthy cooking class for children ages 4 to 12!

Healthy, hands-on, activity-filled cooking lessons explore local, seasonal, vegetarian, nut-free, and often soy- and lactose-free international cuisine with children. We're less concentrated on drilling in "what's good for us" and more on finding out that cooking is fun! Together we develop basic kitchen skills: kitchen safety, knife skills, how to measure ingredients properly, explore kitchen tools, and more (parents often learn a thing or two, too!). Through this process, the hope is that we realize that cooking nourishing food that is good for us doesn't have to be labeled "healthy," but is still tasty.

In this series, we'll partner with a local restaurant for awesome chef-led classes!

the steps

Once funded, we'll reach out to the restaurant, which has already expressed interest in hosting a class. We currently have partnerships with local restuarants eager to donate their chef, space and food. 

Once the class receives funding we will post it to our website's calendar and get cooking! 

As always, we continue to reach out to local community groups, government folk, food suppliers, newspapers and more to spread the cooking love and expand funding!

why we're doing it

Since 2007, I have taught healthy cooking to NYC public school students at after-school programs, summer camps and with the Greening Libraries Initiative at Queens Library. My desire is to bring the message closer to home through hands-on cooking classes for kids I have developed through my years of experience.

Classes are offered free of charge to allow all income levels to participate. The language of food is universal and I often work with non-English speakers with little problem. Cooking often engages children that don't have a proper outlet in a traditional classroom and allows them the freedom to express delicious creativity and share it with their loved ones.

The classes address healthy eating, obesity, local food systems, food justice, and more.


Disbursed Budget (as of 10.04.16):

RAISED = $1,006.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $47.90
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $29.30

Original Goal:

Labor (teacher + assistant) $425 (recipe development, purchasing, prep, teaching, clean up)

Admin 4 months $1000

Media (postcards, website, design) $200

Equipment Package for Kids Cooking Classes $400

- 16 cutting boards

- 20 chef knives

- 4 mix bowls

- 4 measuring cups/ spoons

- 4 mixing spoons

- 2 spatula  

- 4 box graters 

- 4 hand powered blender   

- 2 hot plate

- 2 folding trolley

- extension chord

project total = $2025

SUBTOTAL = 2,025
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $101
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $61



Photos: Free cooking class at Milkflower

These photos below were all taken at our most recent free cooking class at Milkflower. Huge thanks to Milkflower for hosting a cooking class with their own Chef Pete and then running a two WEEK fundraiser to raise funds for our cooking classes!

Our kids making their own pizza dough at Milkflower

Our kids in the kitchen with Chef Pete

Great photos of our kids at a recent fundraiser!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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