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

The Sylvia Center’s mission is to open new possibilities for more young people by increasing knowledge of and desire for healthy foods. We invite young people to build healthier lives by teaching them how to cook with healthy foods as a foundation. And we encourage them to share their new-found knowledge and skills with others.

Students served since 2007

our impact


of students who complete the program will improve their diet by eating more vegetables on a regular basis


achieve significant improvement in self-efficacy in the kitchen


young people learn to cook with us every year — in New York City and Columbia County combined. 

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Jonathan Raiola Visits Cooks for Health Class

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The Transfiguration School – Upper Campus, located in lower Manhattan, received a very special visitor – Jonathan Raiola. Jonathan is the Honoree for the Sylvia Center’s Art of Cooking this…

Roasted Butternut Squash and Maple Chickpeas with Pesto and Garlic Aioli

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It’s sweater weather and much of what has been growing in the garden is done for the season. However, at The Sylvia Center, we are still enjoying our fall harvest…

Listen to ‘The Parts of a Plant’

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You can sing along to this lovely song created at Farm Camp. Special guest, John Farrell joined The Sylvia Center for the last day of Farm Camp week 2 for…