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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.

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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. 

read the latest from our blog

The 11th Annual Latke Festival

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Thank you to all the participating restaurants who helped us raise over $10K at the Latke Festival! This delicious event supports the Sylvia Center programs to teach young people how…

Zoodles Al Pesto

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It’s that time of year when tables are filled to the edges with delicious dishes that celebrate family traditions new and old. With side dish options for sweet potatoes, mashed…

Noodle Recipe Testing

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The Sylvia Center’s dietetic interns were involved with recipe development which requires them to carefully review recipes to ensure it provided balanced nutritional value and used seasonal ingredients. While improving…