2023 Grants Challenge

Cooking With Gabby - Kids E.A.T. 4 Life Grant

Giving children & families in low income communities,the tools to live healthy lifestyles with fitness,dance and healthy cooking. Cooking With Gabby programs support positive action plans & learnings that foster evidenced based Social Emotional Learning(SEL) and Development (SED) through dance, fitness, nutrition education and cooking in schools, parks & community programs.Our programs provide environments for students to expand,foster/develop their levels of emotional intelligence,positive attitudes, persistence & relationship building skills.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

K-12 STEAM Education

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

East LA

South LA


In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

1.Poor nutrition resulting in greater health disparities in low income Communities: Our program is for children and families and provides nutrition education and healthy cooking classes to reduce health disparities such as diabetes, obesity, poor nutrition and heart disease in communities with a higher prevalence for these health disparities.2. Expand access for children under age 18 to paly equity through our program Social Emotional Learning(SEL) and Development (SED) through dance, fitness, nutrition education & cooking in schools, parks & community programs. In addition to nutrition education, healthy cooking and fitness, our programs provide environments for students to expand, develop their levels of emotional intelligence, positive attitudes & relationship building skills. This grant will help support expanding the program, data reporting and analytics, and greater parent engagement and outreach to the community, expanding our community program in parks and throughout LA County

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

This grant will support expanding our Cooking With Gabby Kids EAT (Education, Activity and Total Health) 4 Life program healthy cooking classes, fitness / dance classes for children and families in low income communities in schools, parks and throughout the community.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

Our children and families in these communities will build healthy habits, reduce overall health disparities by eating healthier and being more fit and children will develop greater social emotional life skills. Out goal is to help this and the next generation, in low income communities to be healthy.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

This program is in the early stage and as such we will gather and analyze the following information, via parent, teacher, and student survey: 1. The noted differences in healthy vs. no healthy food choices/snacks 2. Improvement in sedentary vs. active behavior during and after the program period. 3. Improvement in social emotional behavior and the overall ability to socialize, communicate and cope in our school programs.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 1,350

Indirect Impact: 1,350