• ​​​​​Who:  Adolescent black girls between the ages of 10 and 15 years old that reside in Baltimore City. 



  • What: The BGC Summer of Food is a 3-week comprehensive summer program that combines each of BGC’s core food related programs (cooking, baking, and edible gardening) in addition to learning about Black Foodways. It is important for participants to learn how the foods they know and love made it to the United States via the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.


  • Where: Both cohorts will be held at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church located at 430 E. Belvedere Avenue.                                                         **Do not contact the church for questions regarding the BGC Summer of Food. 


  • When: There will be two (2) cohorts this summer. Please apply to the cohort (only apply to one) that is best for your schedule.


  • ​Both cohorts will be held Monday- Friday between the hours of 10am- 2pm. Class will not be held on July 4th.


  • Why: About half of African-American women in the U.S. are obese, compared to 30 percent of white women. Research suggests the problem starts in childhood and is correlated with girls living in poverty, struggles with food insecurity, a lack of accessible healthy food options, and dependence on convenience store food. Black Girls Cook aims to alleviate these disparities by offering culinary training and nutrition education to young girls of color. Culinary classes are not affordable for many families and most programs are designed for adults, not children. Home economic courses like cooking are no longer required in schools across the country. Therefore BGC intentionally creates programming that educates adolescent girls of color from underserved communities. 



  • **Please note that BGC programming is highly competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee placement into the cohort in which you applied.

​2022 BGC Summer of Food : Baltimore


The 2022 BGC Summer of Food cohorts are sponsored by:

  • The Harry & ​Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation 


“African American food culture is one of the only aspects of African American identity that represents an unbroken line from Africa to present-day America.” -Micheal Twitty