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.

For more information

To learn more, please contact classaroll@bshsi.org.

We 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.

Upcoming Events

Put on your apron and get in on the fun! Join us for these free events, no registration required! 

August Events:

Get Fresh Fair & Farmers Market- East End
August 8th, 2pm-5pm
1941 Accommodation St. Richmond, VA 23223 (Behind Mosby Court Resource Center)
The Class-A-Roll will join the Get Fresh Fair with cooking demonstrations of fresh and healthy foods to taste. There will be music by Center Stage Bans, children’s games, gardening workshops, health screenings, and job training.

Healing Garden Workshop
August 10th, 11am-1pm
Memorial Regional Medical Center, 8260 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA
Join the Class-A-Roll and Tricycle Gardens at Memorial Regional Medical Center for a lunch and learn featuring fresh and local produce and herbs from the healing garden. Stay for a tour of the Bon Secours Healing Garden.  This garden helps provide produce and herbs for the Class-A-Roll programs. Please register at classaroll@bshsi.org

Hillside Court Vacation Bible School
August 11th, 9am-12pm
1708 Harwood Court, Richmond VA 23224
Class-A-Roll will participate in the Hillside Court Vacation Bible School. Dietitians will conduct hands-on cooking activities for the children participating in the program.

East End Field and Healthy Kids Day 2015
August 20th, 11am-2pm
Woodville Elementary School Field
Class-A-Roll will be participating in the third annual East End Field and Healthy Kids Day 2015 sponsored by the Richmond Promise Neighborhood at Peter Paul Development Center and the Downtown YMCA. Join us to taste samples of healthy, seasonal food. This free, family-friendly event will include physical activities, games, and much more.

Get Fresh Fair & Farmers Market- Southside
August 22nd, 2pm-5pm
210 Giant Drive, Richmond, VA 23224 (Across the street from NBC 12 studio)
The Class-A-Roll will join the Get Fresh Fair with cooking demonstrations of fresh and healthy foods to taste. There will be music by Center Stage Bans, children’s games, gardening workshops, health screenings, and job training.

Mobile Food Pantry - Vernon J. Harris
August 25th, 10:30am-12:30pm
In partnership with FeedMore, Class-A-Roll will assist with a food tasting and recipe information that will feature a healthy preparation option for food received at the pantry.

Healthy Corner Store  - Corner Farm
August 26th, 3pm-5pm
Corner Express, 2390 North Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
In partnership with Tricycle Gardens, the Class-A-Roll will assist with cooking demonstrations at two new stores, which will each feature a section of healthy, local produce. The stores will be stocked with fresh, affordable produce year round. The current 11 stores within this Initiative will be stocked with fresh, local and affordable produce year round. Visit www.tricyclegardens.org to learn more and see the corner stores involved.

September Events:

Let’s Jump Into Health
September 3rd, 11am-1pm
2311 N. 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223                 
In partnership with Richmond City Health District Fairfield Resource Center, the Class-A-Roll will be onsite to educate on cooking healthy meals and incorporating fresh and fruits and vegetables every day.

Charles City County Fair
September 12th, 10am-6pm
8320 Ruthville Road, Providence Forge, 23140                
Class-A-Roll will attend the Charles City County Fair, providing tastings of healthy foods for all.  The Charles City County Fair is a fun and excitement for the whole family with rides, live entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and more.

Healing Garden Workshop
September 28th, 12pm-1pm
Memorial Regional Medical Center, 8260 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA
Join the Class-A-Roll and Tricycle Gardens at Memorial Regional Medical Center for a lunch and learn. Stay for a tour of the Bon Secours Healing Garden.  This garden helps provide produce and herbs for the Class-A-Roll programs. Please register at classaroll@bshsi.org.

We are also part of other active programs including:

Diabetes Education Program
August 5th
Class-A-Roll’s dietitians will be teaching the Hispanic Diabetes Education group to prepare traditional Latina recipes with diabetic friendly modifications.

YHELI Summer Cooking Experience 
August 6th 
Class-A-Roll dietitians will be partnering with the Family Resource center and the Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute, to bring the students a fun and interactive summer cooking experience. Dietitians will highlight the use of fresh and local produce in the featured recipe.

Simply Fresh
August 12th & 17th
SimplyFresh is a series of interactive cooking demonstration offered exclusively for Bon Secours employees. This initiative was inspired by a mutual passion for good tasting food, prepared simply.

Bon Secours Richmond Childcare Centers- Summer Cooking Experience
August 18th & 19th
Class-A-Roll will provide hands-on cooking demonstration and tastings to the children of the Bon Secours Richmond area child care centers to culminate the end of summer camp.

Prescription Produce Plan – Ramsey United Methodist Church
September 10th
In partnership with Shalom Farms and Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, the Class-A-Roll will lead a hands-on cooking class to equip families with the skills and knowledge to prepare healthy, delicious meals with the seasonal produce they receive from the program. The Prescription Produce Plan equips communities with skills, knowledge, and good food options necessary to overcome preventable illnesses associated with unhealthy diets.

Growing Chef’s
September 15th and 17th
Growing Chefs is a garden-based culinary program taught at local East End schools to teach students about the connection of growing food and preparing it healthfully. The curriculum is appropriate for Virginia’s growing season and produce availability and incorporates techniques to prepare many types of fresh produce.

Simply Fresh 
September 23rd and 30th 
SimplyFresh is a series of interactive cooking demonstration offered exclusively for Bon Secours employees. This initiative was inspired by a mutual passion for good tasting food, prepared simply.

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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