​​​​Black Girls Cook


Established in 2014, Black Girls Cook (BGC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to teach adolescent girls of color self-actualization activities and life-skills through the use of culinary arts and edible gardening.

About half of African-American women in the U.S. are obese, compared to 30 percent of white women. Black women not only carry more weight, but they start piling on extra pounds years before their white counterparts. Research suggests the problem starts early and has a lot to do with convenience foods girls consume during childhood years. Hands-on cooking classes are not taught in schools and businesses that teach cooking classes for kids are very expensive. Therefore, girls living in households with lower incomes and do not have access to healthy food options tend to eat convenience foods which, over time, negatively impacts their health. Food equity and access to cooking classes is a serious issue in inner-city communities. Black Girls Cook aims to alleviate these problems one girl at a time.

Black Girls Cook is available to adolescent girls, aged 8-14, throughout Baltimore city with high priority being given to candidates living in food deserts and historically under-invested communities. We target this demographic because going through puberty is a very critical time for a developing girl. Black Girls Cook teaches the ultimate survival that will prepare each girl to live a healthier life which will prepare them for adulthood and that is cooking.

Strong City Baltimore, EIN # 52-0897806, serves as the fiscal sponsor for Black Girls Cook. Through this fiscal sponsorship arrangement, Black Girls Cook is to receive tax-deductible contributions, including in-kind, grant awards, and financial contributions, in support of its work.