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Heather M
600 E 6th St
(The East Village)
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the project

Cooking is a valuable life skill known to increase math skills, build self esteem, and much more! The Allergic to Salad curriculum is STEM based and seasonally inspired. Students learn about nutritional value and the importance of eating healthy in a hands on setting.

The Earth School in the East Village wants to offer our culinary program to all of their first and second grade students as part of a school wide neighborhood curriculum. We can make this possible through partnerships with restaurants in the neighborhood.

Neighborhood restaurants will serve as the base of our funding. Each restaurant partner will offer a Master Chef's class FREE OF CHARGE to one of the school's first and second grade classes. The dish inspired by our students will then appear on the restaurant's menu for up to a month following the class, with proceeds returning to fund our ongoing, in school program. We will hold a class and fundraiser at one restaurant per month until we reach our goal!

the steps

Once we have achieved our fundraising goals, Allergic to Salad will purchase equipment for the school and kick off an ongoing program of culinary classes for the spring semester, led by a trained ATS educator.

These classes will:

  • Be offered to all first and second graders once a week.

  • Serve a total of 88 students.

  • Focus on healthy and seasonally based eating.

  • Introduce nutrition, including caloric intake and reading labels.

All students will

  • Develop motor skills and recipe literacy.

  • Learn about nutritional value and seasonal eating in a hands on setting.

  • Share these skills with siblings, parents and faculty through an annual family cook night.

Allergic to Salad will continue to work with the school and local restaurants to create a sustainable, ongoing, in school program for The Earth School.


why we're doing it

Empowering the youth among us is the key to creating a sustainable future for everyone. Rates of obesity and diabetes, both diet-related preventable diseases are high in New York City at large.

We can address these health challenges by educating youth about the empowering possibilities of a healthy diet. Allergic to Salad provides engaging and hands on culinary education to youth in local schools, in partnership with local restaurants. This program strengthens community bonds and empowers youth to make healthy choices and take charge of their own futures!


Budget Breakdown

Cost Per Class:

Educator + Ingredients - $80

Curriculum - $5

Admin - $8

Program Officer - $8

Partnerships Manager-$8

Media/ Postcards - $6

Cookbooks - $5


Cost for a weekly class for two semesters/30 weeks=$3600


Program Expenses:

$400 for one Family Cook Night at the end of the program

$400 for one Culinary Kit (schools keep)

Total Cost for one class: $4400

This cost is multiplied by the number of classes the school wants to offer. So if for example they want to offer three weekly classes for one semester, the cost would be $5,400 plus the one time program costs.


SUBTOTAL = $16,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $480
TOTAL TO RAISE = $16,515



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