Food Bank For New York City


CookShop is a core nutrition education program of Food Bank For New York City, providing low-income children and adults with the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget.  With hands-on workshops reaching over 50,000 New Yorkers across all five boroughs, CookShop teaches nutrition and physical activity information, as well as cooking skills, fostering enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE change

Intervention Reach and Adoption

CookShop targets children and their adult caregivers/parents in New York City to fight childhood hunger, obesity, and diet-related disease. CookShop is implemented in more than 2,000 classrooms in the elementary and after-school setting reaching Pre-K—5th graders and children ages 6-12.

Setting: School, Community

Target Audience: Elementary School, Middle School, Adults

Race/Ethnicity: All

Intervention Components

CookShop takes a “train-the-trainer” approach by utilizing local community centers and elementary and after-school classes to educate children and adults on healthy eating and an active lifestyle. CookShop consists of two different program components:

  • CookShop Classroom
    • CookShop Classroom for Elementary School and CookShop Classroom for After-School uses hands-on exploration, cooking, and physical activity to foster children’s enjoyment and consumption of healthy food.
  • CookShop for Families
    • CookShop for Families is a complementary program for parents and adult guardians in schools that participate in CookShop Classroom, with the goal of engaging whole families involved in making healthy choices.

Intervention Materials

Program implementers within each of the two CookShop components receive:

  • Comprehensive, interactive training and support from Food Bank staff
  • Curriculum materials
  • Food needed to implement the program successfully
  • Supplies and equipment needed to implement the program successfully

Evidence Summary

Several peer-reviewed studies have evaluated the effectiveness of CookShop. In 1998, Liquori and colleagues found a positive association between participating in CookShop and food preferences, knowledge, and plate waste in both younger and older children. An association was also found between participating in CookShop and behavioral intention in younger children and cooking self-efficacy in older children.

Additionally, in 2003, Quinn and colleagues found that CookShop participants showed a difference in food exposure and willingness to try new foods (although no change was found in participants’ dietary habits).

Currently, Altarum Institute is conducting a process evaluation and outcome evaluation. The process evaluation will examine implementation of CookShop beginning with the selection of schools through program implementation to determine the factors related to successful implementation by conducting a series of key informant interviews, teacher surveys, and observations of teacher training and implementation in the classroom. The outcome evaluation will examine the extent to which the program improved healthy behaviors in participants through surveys completed by the parents of participants at 3 points in time: pre-intervention, 1 week post- and 6 week post-intervention. It is anticipated these evaluations will be completed in 2018.

Classification: Research-tested

Evaluation Indicators

Based on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, the following outcome indicators can be used to evaluate intervention progress and success.

Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST) Changes – Medium Term (MT) Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT) Population Results (R)
Individual ST1, ST2, ST3 MT1, MT2, MT3 LT1, LT2, LT3
Environmental Settings
Sectors of Influence MT12

Evaluation Materials

Currently, no evaluation materials are publicly available.

Additional Information

Website: The CookShop website ( includes information on the various CookShop program components and other resources.

Contact Person(s):
Food Bank For New York City
39 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Phone: (212) 566-7855