Food Culture Education Non-Profit Wins Grant to Start Online-Training Program for Local Leaders

Boston, MA, September 16, 2011 --( The Cookbook Project, a new Food Education Non-Profit that conducts experiential youth education workshops worldwide, was recently endowed with a Seed Grant from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. The Seed Grant will fund the creation of an online training program for Local Leaders who would like to apply to lead a Cookbook Project workshop where they live or travel.

The Cookbook Project is only in its first year of operation, but it has already conducted 7 workshops – 5 throughout Asia and two over the summer in the USA. The organization hopes to unite the goals of the Food Justice Movement with the philosophy of Slow Food movement by using food culture as a vehicle for teaching youth about sustainable consumption, health, nutrition, and cooking. The Cookbook Project partners with youth organizations that serve disenfranchised portions of the population. The experiential workshops use food as a way to connect youth to their unique cultures while also building leadership, communication skills, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the Local Leaders program is to spread the Cookbook Project message far and wide by training interested volunteers to use the curriculum within the context of their own communities.

In addition to working on developing and launching the Local Leaders Program, The Cookbook Project is also in the process of planning and fundraising for a workshop and training in Haiti this winter, in conjunction with a Sadhana Forest Haiti, a sustainable reforestation project focused on building an organic, local food supply.

For more information contact Alissa Bilfield at or by phone at 617-276-6939. To find out more about the most recent projects or to make a donation please visit the organization’s website at

The Cookbook Project
Alissa Bilfield