Fruits and Veggies for Kids
The Fruits and Veggies for Kids program revolutionizes access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children in low-income areas of Chicago. Once a week, we deliver baskets with $10 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables to parents of preschool- and elementary-aged children who lack access to healthy food.
Cooking Demonstrations
Volunteer chefs, Ramona Baptiste (Chef in the Hood) and Courtney Lance conduct cooking demonstrations to teach the preparation of simple and affordable healthy meals.  The chefs introduce unfamiliar foods, provide nutrition tips and illustrate cooking techniques in an engaging, interactive style appropriate for participants of all ages.  An upcoming schedule is available in store.
Cooking Matters at the Store
Guided grocery store tours based on Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters curriculum and conducted by EverThrive Illinois to equip families with the knowledge and confidence to make healthy affordable meals on a budget.  An upcoming schedule is available in store.
Money For Food
A program of Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP) to help families with limited resources become more food secure through skill-building around resource management and food shopping strategies.  Topics include managing food money, shopping tips, food needs vs. food wants, planning meals, and choosing foods from USDA’s My Plate. Each series consists of 6 one-hour sessions.  An upcoming schedule is available in store.
Interactive Nutrition Displays
Several times a month, customers can try samples and chat with a community health worker at an in-store stop-talk-and-learn display, provided by the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP).  Display topics include: Cooking with What’s on Hand, Healthy Snacks, Healthy Substitutions, Whole Grains, Seasonal Produce.  An upcoming schedule is available in store.
Shopping for Change
A 2014 summer program funded by the University of Chicago Medicine Community Benefit Grant Program, Shopping for Change promotes healthy food choice by adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes through personalized, hands-on cooking instruction, and discounts for healthy grocery items.


All educational programs are free and open to the public, and held in our in-store demonstration kitchen/classroom or in the store itself.

For more information about current and planned programs and events, please call the store at 773-994-6143 or email