- Provided no-cost training and technical assistance to 58 nonprofit organizations (exceeding its original goal of 50); combined, these organizations serve more than 5 million meals annually.
- Expanded the geographic scope of the program to organizations beyond New York City to include its first upstate cohort of program sites.
- Helped participating organizations collectively set 346 goals to increase the amount of fresh, healthy, and local food served, of which 301 have been met (87%). Goals included switching from frozen vegetables to fresh ones, salad dressing, and eliminating juice from menus.
- Hired three additional staff members to train new nonprofit institutions and develop online materials, including The Teaching Kitchen’s farm-to-institution cookbook, and to provide Spanish language instruction and materials.
All the organizations attended a presentation by GreenMarket Co. on its GrowNYC wholesale farmers market program, which serves as a food hub and distribution program to a diverse array of sites around the City, including community-based organizations. The organizations learned about GrowNYC’s products and prices and information on how to begin ordering. Local sourcing is often more difficult for smaller organizations that do not have the capacity to meet procurement minimums or to make use of multiple vendors. By organizing into cohorts from the same community, smaller nonprofits can increase their purchasing power with vendors that supply local produce and other products. LHNH had significant success in helping smaller-capacity organizations meet the needed procurement minimums, calculating an increase of $54,912 in locally sourced food purchases among participating organizations over the grant period.
LHNH hosted a panel discussion, “Creating Wellness Through Farm-to-Institution Meals: Procurement, Practice, and Policy,” as part of its broader efforts to encourage healthier and more locally sourced institutional foods. Panelists included members of government, nonprofit, and academic institutions.
In 2019, NYSHealth awarded LHNH a second grant to further scale up and streamline The Teaching Kitchen across New York State. Under this grant, LHNH will expand its program to reach 150 organizations that serve roughly 10 million meals annually across New York State, including sites in the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund communities of Syracuse and Niagara.
Co-Funding and Additional Funds Leveraged: LHNH secured $20,000 from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation to support The Teaching Kitchen program.