We’re growing a community of healthy eaters — and it starts with teaching young people how to cook.

We focus on teaching cooking in underserved communities.

Why? Because for young people and families who are on a budget and want to eat healthy food in a regular way, there’s only one way to do it: learn to cook.


Our programs are designed as joyful, hands-on experiences with fresh, delicious, and whole foods to inspire students to establish healthy cooking and eating habits to last a lifetime.

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In underserved communities where processed, high-calorie foods are prevalent, and healthy, whole foods are scarce, The Sylvia Center provides essential programs that teach young people the skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

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December 5, 2017 in Blog, News, Recipes

Stories and Recipes from The Sylvia Center

Some of our students, inspired by their experiences in the kitchen, have become chef instructors in the same communities where they live. Other students have changed their own eating habits…

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November 16, 2017 in Events, In the City

Music for Food — November 16, 2017

Join us on Thursday, November 16th for an evening of chamber music hosted by Music for Food. This organization hosts concerts around New York City and invites the community to…

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November 8, 2017 in Blog, On the farm, Recipes

Family Cooking Class Recipe: Vegetable Dumplings

In our family cooking classes, this recipe is a chance for parents and children to show off the knife skills they have learned throughout the 6 week course. Families practice…

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