The Power of Food

Contribute to the East Harlem Teaching Kitchen today.

The East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center is a dynamic new center with community organizations, health providers, the Health Department, and other city agencies working together to improve the health of neighborhood residents.

Work will begin soon on a teaching kitchen to be used for cooking and nutrition classes, as well as job training and community events open to all members of the East Harlem Community.  The teaching kitchen will unleash the Power of Food; improving the health of East Harlem residents, preparing them for job opportunities, and serving as a space where community comes together.

Your support will transform the space into a multi-purpose teaching kitchen for residents in East Harlem.

Thanks to generous support from FJC, $0.50 of every $1.00 raised for the kitchen will be matched, up to $200,000.

With over 1,700 square feet, the teaching kitchen and dinning room will provide facilities for:

Model Teaching Kitchen

Model Teaching Kitchen

  • Cooking and nutrition classes and demonstrations for children and adults
  • Job training and skill building for careers in the food industry
  • Meetings and educational events for residents and local organizations to form partnerships, exchange ideas and socialize

The teaching kitchen will expand food programming already ongoing at the Neighborhood Health Action Center to reach 5,000 residents annually.

Mary credits healthy eating and cooking practices she learned at the Neighborhood Health Action Center with bringing down her mom’s weight after her diagnosis of kidney disease and a congestive heart condition. “I couldn’t believe my mom was eating vegetables.”

Programs offered in the Teaching Kitchen are based on community needs. The kitchen will prepare residents to enter the bustling New York food service industry, which is expected to see 6.1% job growth by 2027.*  An estimated 360 residents will be able to complete the food handling certificate annually.

“Having a bigger space in a real working kitchen would be a dream come true.” – Ann, cooking student




DOHMH Center for Health Equity

SMART University

East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center Community and Clinical Co-located Partners



* National Restaurant Association, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics & U.S. Census Bureau, 2015