Over 5,000 pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students in thirteen schools participate in our unique, hands-on food and nutrition education programs each year. We are encouraged by the consistent support from public and private sources, Santa Fe Public Schools, and the generosity of the philanthropic community!

To learn more about our programs in Santa Fe, take a look at our Annual Program Report.

Participating Santa Fe Public Schools

  • Amy Biehl Community School
  • Aspen Community Magnet School
  • César Chávez Elementary
  • EJ Martinez Elementary
  • El Camino Real Academy
  • Gonzales Community School
  • Kearny Elementary
  • Nava Elementary
  • Nina Otero Community School
  • Piñon Elementary
  • Sweeney Elementary
  • Tesuque Elementary
  • Turquoise Trail Charter School

"Sweeney Cougar Power Lentils" judging

Community Collaborations

Cooking with Kids is fortunate to work closely with many fantastic individuals and organizations that share our vision of a healthy future for our community:

  • Santa Fe Public Schools
  • Santa Fe Public Schools Student Nutrition Services
  • CWK Super Chefs
  • CWK Farmers in the Schools
  • ARTsmart
  • Communities in Schools of NM
  • Earth Care
  • La Familia Medical Center
  • Santa Fe Food Policy Council
  • School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)
  • SFPS Transitional Education Program (TEP)
  • Youthworks Culinary Committee
  • Zona del Sol

CWK Founder Lynn Walters with her daughter, Lily

Our History and Our Future

Cooking with Kids grew out of the efforts of the Santa Fe Student Nutrition Advisory Council to improve school meals, inspired by Dr. Antonia Demas’ research and the work of Cookshop and The Hartford Food System. In 1995, with support from the local Chefs Collaborative chapter, Cooking with Kids began as a volunteer effort in two public elementary schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Our founder and executive director, Lynn Walters, has been recognized as an innovative leader in experiential food and nutrition education. Her work has inspired chefs, teachers, politicians and other adults by bringing to the fore connections between early positive experiences with food and life-long health. She serves on the Santa Fe Food Policy Council, and worked with the NM Department of Agriculture and other non-profit leaders to pass legislation to bring locally grown produce into New Mexico’s public school cafeterias.

We look forward to a future where all children have access to and enjoy eating delicious healthy food every day!