Pompea Smith Good Cooking / Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program
In 2014, SEE-LA received a 3 year USDA SNAP-Ed grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) Program to conduct and expand its Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program within the Southern Los Angeles Area.
SEE-LA’s program is part of a larger network of organizations providing comprehensive nutrition education and physical activity promotion across Los Angeles County. Our program operates under a unique model creating a food and education hub for the communities within SEE-LA’s Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market and Central Avenue Farmers Market.
We host free interactive nutrition education and cooking classes onsite during market hours. Nutrition education focuses on building basic skills that enable participants to confidently make healthy nutrition choices. Topics include MyPlate, label reading, expanding knowledge of the benefits of fruits and vegetables, and developing a deeper understanding of sugars, fats, and salt in our daily diets. We close each class with a recipe demonstration that illustrates the key points of the day’s lesson. Fresh local produce from our farmers is incorporated to create simple nutritious meals for all skill levels.
Once complete, participants can re-create the day’s recipe at home by purchasing produce from the market. Participants that receive CalFresh benefits also have the opportunity to double their market spending with our Market Match incentive program.
The Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Program served over 1,000 community members in its first year. In its second year the program served 3,900 community members, hosting 276 classes. Due to the first year’s success, the program was also able to expand its services to 31 additional sites which include community centers, school parent centers and public libraries in communities of need.
For more information on classes, results and registration, visit our Pompea Page!