Founded in March 2014, Black Girls Cook (BGC) is a Baltimore based non-profit organization that teaches inner-city adolescent girls of color the meaning of farm to table by operating hands on cooking classes and growing edible gardens.
Black Girls Cook (BGC) serves adolescent girls of color between the ages of 8 and 15 years of age. The program is available to girls throughout the City of Baltimore with high priority being given to candidates living in food deserts and historically underinvested communities. BGC targets this demographic because going through puberty is a very critical time for a girl developing into a young lady. When you factor in social, health, economic, education, family and self-identity issues, trying to find a way to make sense of it all is difficult.
The BGC Cooking Program aims to help young girls feel more motivated about cooking for themselves and have a better understanding of the importance of both eating a healthy balanced diet and food hygiene. Each class is taught by a certified female chef who owns a business in the Mid-Atlantic region. The girls also participate in life-skills workshops which are led by female professionals. The topics include subjects such as nutrition, how to budget, goal planning and STEM activities.
The BGC Edible Garden Program allows the girls to see first hand what the connections are between plants, animals and the food that we eat. The hands-on gardening allows them to get a better understanding of where our food comes from and the importance of environmental impacts on food supplies. The garden serves as an outdoor science laboratory where they learn about biology, climate, sustainable practices and environmental stewardship by observing the life cycle of the plants. The girls also hone their communication and entrepreneurial skills by selling harvest at the monthly community farm-stand.