Educating kids about food, from source to plate

Who We Are

TasteWise Kids operates with a single goal in mind: to offer children fun ways to learn about food and inspire a lifetime of positive, healthy eating habits. We empower children of all ages to think about food in new ways, to explore their own sense of taste and to realize that flavorful, nutritious food and good health go together – naturally. As part of this work, students also benefit from seeing first-hand where food comes from and learning about the importance of agriculture and respecting their environment.

As Julia Child, the original Days of Taste® spokesperson stated over 25 years ago, “In this age of fast and frozen foods, we want to teach school children about real food – where it is grown and how it is produced – so that they can develop an understanding and appreciation of how good fresh food is supposed to taste.”

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Our Mission

TasteWise Kids inspires kids to explore and experience the world of food and its sources.

Our Organization

TasteWise Kids is a non-profit organization with a 501c3 status based in Baltimore. TasteWise Kids was established in December 2015. We see it as our job to inspire our next generation to make educated choices about the foods they eat today, so that they develop positive, healthy eating habits tomorrow.

We work with local chefs, farmers, and other food professionals to teach our students about where their food comes from, help them to explore their own sense of taste, and to discover the value of fresh food from multiple perspectives:

  • Health and nutrition
  • Agriculture and environmental stewardship
  • Career Awareness/Development
  • Culinary and preparing food to individual taste preference
  • Social aspects of eating with friends and family

In the 2018-2019 school year we served about 4,000 children in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Harford County.

To learn more about us, visit our Why TasteWise Kids? Section.

Our Programs

We use hands-on experiences to teach kids about the world of food — where it comes from, why it tastes the way it does, and how to prepare it — which helps them discover what they like and inspires a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

We make this journey of discovery exciting, we keep it simple, and we follow three fundamental principles to make it happen:

  • Use your hands: We believe students learn best when they can explore actively and reach their own conclusions. Therefore, our programs are designed to teach new concepts and ideas through hands-on activities.
  • Ask an expert: We believe there is no substitute for experts in their fields. That is why we invite local chefs, farmers, and other food professionals to help lead our programs.
  • Have fun: We believe that students learn the most when they're enjoying themselves. That's why we take a “food enthusiast’s” approach to our programs, focusing on all the senses, the excitement of trying new foods, and the pleasures of eating with family and friends.

We have three current programming areas:

  • Days of Taste program: 4th graders learn about the elements of taste and the journey of food from farm to table
  • Workshops:  individualized workshops teach small groups of children and/or families about where their food comes from and healthy eating habits
  • Career Development: high school culinary students learn additional culinary skills and where local food comes from

Our Impact

We are teaching kids about food — good food, real food, nutritious food — ultimately to spark new ideas and attitudes around their own eating habits. And we are seeing positive changes in our students and families.

Recent outcome data from our programming:

"We all eat differently. The program changed our entire family's life."

Parent

"Did you know you can make your own salad dressing?"

Days of Taste Student

“I didn’t know I liked celery!”

Workshop Participant

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