A PACKed Kitchen is a satellite program of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle of Raleigh, N.C. and Share Our Strength of Washington, D.C. It provides undergraduate students hands-on experience teaching Cooking Matters cooking and nutrition classes. A PACKed Kitchen partners with nonprofit community agencies to deliver classes throughout the Raleigh area.
A PACKed Kitchen volunteers are part of a service-learning course. The service-learning class was developed by Dr. Suzie Goodell and Dr. Natalie Cooke. As a prerequisite to the service-learning experience, students take Dr. Goodell’s NTR 320: Nutrition Education course and then enroll in Dr. Cooke’s NTR 420: Applied Nutrition Education course. Students in the Applied Nutrition Education course undergo seven weeks of pre-service-learning training before delivering six weeks of cooking and nutrition classes at their respective nonprofit partner agencies. During pre-service-learning, students learn knife skills, lesson planning, conflict and time management, and flexibility. While teaching Cooking Matters classes in the community, students engage in critical reflection and growth facilitated by peer evaluations, self evaluations, and instructor feedback.
Dr. Goodell and Dr. Cooke work to improve A PACKed Kitchen each semester to ensure the highest standard of quality nutrition education. With the funding of a DELTA Exploratory Grant and through a collaborative effort with the DELTA team, Dr. Cooke and a team of undergraduate research assistants developed a series of training resources for the pre-service-learning portion of the course during the 2015-2016 academic year. These resources range from virtual reality conflict management videos to an online interactive knife skills training module. The A PACKed Kitchen research team will focus on implementing and evaluating those training resources during the 2016-2017 academic year.
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Interested in staying up-to-date on what A PACKed Kitchen is up to? Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram. For more information on the program and how you can get involved or to discuss research collaborations, e-mail Dr. Natalie Cooke at email@example.com.