Sunday Suppers’ five-month program centers around a weekly family meal where families help prepare a supper made of fresh, local, and healthy food, with ingredients that are familiar and affordable.. At the end of each meal, every family is given the ingredients and recipes from that day’s supper to take home and make on their own. Because a key component to healthy eating is having access to kitchen tools, needed equipment is provided to families.
“Now we sit at the table to eat, and the kids talk about how their day was, how school was and they ask how I am”
Julie, mother of 2
In addition to the weekly meal, Sunday Suppers delivers fun, hands-on cooking lessons to help develop skills and increase confidence and knowledge. Also included in our programming are volunteer opportunities, exercise classes, and community gardening.
“We changed, we eat healthy. We used to eat most things fried like chicken, now we have broccoli with pasta and carrots and red peppers.”
Shakira, age 14
Why is it called Sunday Suppers?
For many of us, Sunday dinners were an important part of growing up, when our families shared not only food, but conversation, connection, and quality time. At Sunday Suppers, we model that so that others can experience family health, connection, and well-being. Our program at Memphis Street Academy is held on Wednesday nights because that works best for this community, but we believe a family meal can – and should – be shared every day of the week!
“I learned smaller portion sizes can feed many people.”
Linda, single mother of three