Cultivate a spirit of giving and compassion
At Our Big Kitchen Los Angeles (OBKLA) our school programs are designed to teach students about giving and about those less fortunate from a young age. We believe in creating meaningful opportunities for students to learn in a practical way so that they can readily understand the importance of giving back.
No matter the age, we believe it's never too soon to create and encourage a spirit of giving and selflessness. Our programs vary depending on requirement, the student’s age and anticipated learning outcomes. Cooking together breaks down barriers and creates an enriching and fun experience for all students as we connect over OBKLA’s main ingredient…. love.
OBKLA's school programs empowers students to:
• Connect and interact with peers in a meaningful way
• Make a tangible difference by giving back to the community together
• Engage in a wider community and connect to growing a community
• Learn about giving, sharing, respect, love, kindness and gratitude
• Understand others, compassion and kindness
• Learn new cooking skills, and have fun
• Demonstrates your school's commitment to social responsibility in a practical way
Our Next Generation is the Future for a Giving Community.
HOW SCHOOL PROGRAMS SUPPORT OBKLA:
By cooking with large numbers of volunteers - or even smaller groups - we are able to make more meals and support more people in need. Last year OBKLA made over 27,000 meals and 54,000 cookies which got distributed to those suffering from food insecurity across Los Angeles. Without schools coming in and volunteering their time, this amount of meals would not have been achieved.
Our belief is through giving we empower and connect people. We hope to build a larger community of givers and, by more schools participating, we hope to spread this giving narrative.
Running a large commercial kitchen and a charity does have costs. By having these school programs it contributes to OBKLA’s running costs. These programs are how we hope to stay sustainable as a charity and continue to grow.
2022 Community Impact
10,912 Volunteer Hours Logged
24,240 Pounds of
27,000 Meals Served to the needy
Duration: 2 Hours
The Program Includes
Arrive, check in and orientation
Receive Chef instruction on the menu to be prepared and begin food prep.
Prepare packaging for the meals
Prepare cookie dough
Assemble the meals in the prepared containers/packaging
Participants get to sample the cookies prepared
Closing Talk and group photo
$20 Per Student - Minimum 40 Students
The group loved working together to support underserved families in our local LA community and can't wait to come back. As one of the students said, "This was the BEST day! I had such a meaningful time putting together healthy meals for those in need in Los Angeles and doing it with my friends made it even better."
4TH GRADER - PRESSMAN
This field trip was a special experience. There are lots of people who don't have food and are hungry. We learned that when we help others, we also feel good about ourselves.