class-a-roll - mobile learning kitchen

One of Central Virginia’s first mobile learning kitchens, Class-A-Roll provides a fun and interactive way to learn a skill that is the foundation of a healthy life-cooking! Class-A-Roll is a part of Bon Secours Virginia’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, which provides Good Help to the most vulnerable.

Cook. Eat. Live.

To equip kids, adults, and families with skills for a healthier life, we provide hands-on learning experiences through healthy cooking activities, recipe and food tastings, garden-based classes, and nutrition education. Class-A-Roll is collaborating with many organizations and individuals to provide cooking and nutrition programs throughout the community.

Teaching kids and families where food comes from is an important element of health and nutrition, which is why we get our hands dirty in the garden- not just the kitchen!  Additionally, we source produce from local farmers and nearby urban gardens whenever possible and help link families to fresh, affordable food in their own communities.

Current Programs:

Growing Chefs
September - May
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and Thursday 
Class-A-Roll’s dietitian will be partnering with Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School and Peter Paul Development center to bring the Growing chefs program to students. This program aims to teach students about where and how food grows and healthy options to incorporate fresh produce into their daily lives. 

FeedMore Mobile Pantry & Class-A-Roll Collaboration

  • Vernon J. Harris- 719 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223, on the 2nd Thursday of every other month, next pantry is February 2016 from 10am-12:30pm 
  • Hillside Court 1500 Harwood Street Richmond VA, 23224, on the 4th Tuesday of every other month, next pantry is January 2016 from 10am-12:30pm 

Dietitians will provide a food demonstration and provide sample a seasonal recipe featuring items from the FeedMore Mobile Pantry for pantry recipients.  

Finding My Weigh
February 1, 2016 - April 18, 2016
Monday evenings for 12 weeks, Saint Joseph’s Villa 
Finding My Weigh is a safe and effective weight loss program tailored to meet your personal health and nutrition goals. Registered dietitians provide both guidance on how to develop healthier eating and physical activity habits as well as ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support to each participant.

Real Food Real Simple
February 10, 2016 - March 30, 2016
12pm-2:30 pm Wednesdays, Mosby Community Center 
Nutritious Food Made Easy: an 8 week cooking class series aimed to teach the fundamentals of cooking and basin nutrition, using fresh and minimally processed ingredients.

Faces of Hope Cooking Class

  • 8014 Midlothian Turnpike Suite 200A, Richmond, VA 23235 Tuesdays of every other month starting in January 2016
  • U-Turn Academy, 2101 Maywill Street Richmond, VA 23230, Tuesdays of every other month starting in December 2015

Community Outreach Dietitians lead interactive cooking classes for the youth of the Faces of Hope. The cooking classes provide strategies that involve the whole family in healthier eating and teach the youth to prepare healthy meals themselves, empowering them to be the driving force of their own healthy eating habits. 

Stay tuned for updates on dates and locations for the following programs:

Healing Garden Workshop
Memorial Regional Medical Center
Featuring Memorial Regional Medical Center’s Healing Garden, Nutrition Outreach and Tricycle Gardens will host educational workshops for Bon Secours employees and tour the Healing Garden.

SimplyFresh
Bon Secours Health System Facilities
SimplyFresh is a series of interactive cooking demonstration offered to Bon Secours employees. This initiative was inspired by a mutual passion for good tasting food, prepared simply.

Global Cooking Adventure
June-August, Peter Paul Development Center & Youth Life Foundation
A summer culinary program for children ages 8-12. A “tour guide” leads students on a culinary journey across various cultures to try new foods and recipes. They will try an average of 15 new and nutritious recipes while learning basic cooking skills. At the end of the program, students can show off their cooking skills as they prepare and serve lunch for their families.

Upcoming Events

We are currently planning our programs and activities for 2016 with a strong focus on serving communities most vulnerable. Our initiatives center around supporting food access initiatives, enhancing healthy food preparation skills, nutrition education, and chronic disease prevention and management.  Please let us know if you have opportunities to collaborate in those areas at http://va.bonsecours.com/class-a-roll/

For more information

To learn more, please contact classaroll@bshsi.orgWe are committed to our mission of bringing Good Help to Those in Need.  We fulfill the mission of Bon Secours by providing our services and outreach to the underserved communities, with a deeper investment in Richmond’s East End and Southside neighborhoods. To request Class-A-Roll’s participation in your community activity, please complete the following form http://va.bonsecours.com/class-a-roll/.

"Roll" with us and find out our upcoming activities on Bon Secours Richmond Facebook page. Weekly recipe highlights can also be found on the Bon Secours Movin' Mania Facebook page.

Volunteer with Class-A-Roll 

The work we do with Class-A-Roll would not be possible without the help of volunteers!  There are a variety of exciting and fruitful volunteer opportunities including assistance with food preparation, special events, cooking demonstrations and hands-on education programs.  Interested volunteers will be asked to complete a Bon Secours volunteer application which may include a request for references, background check, and TB testing.  Additionally, to ensure food safety, the volunteer will be asked to complete a brief training of important food safe handling procedures.

Interested in volunteering? Please email classaroll@bshsi.org

To help us match our needs to your interests, please include the following information:

1. Why you are interested in volunteering with Class-A-Roll?

2. When you are available (weekends, daytime, evenings)?

3. What events and tasks most interest you?

 

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