The Cook's Cupboard

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Imagine you are a family learning how to prepare broccoli or make a stir fry at Sunday Suppers. You all cook together and when it is served for dinner everyone is surprised by how good it is. At the end of the evening you bring the ingredients home in a “to go” bag. But it is hard to cut the vegetables without a sharp knife and cutting board. The one pan you have is too small to fit everything. How do you use the skills and recipes you are learning to eat healthier without the right kitchen equipment?

The Cook’s Cupboard is a Sunday Suppers project that provides essential kitchen equipment to families in need. In addition to the challenges of accessing healthy food and knowing how to prepare it, so many households do not have what they need to cook a healthy meal for their families. At Sunday Suppers, we find out what kitchen equipment families need and do our best to provide it to them. In this way they can have success in cooking healthier meals and reach their goals towards better health and nutrition.

People love to say “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.
Trevor Noah “Born A Crime”

Sunday Suppers is partnering with two organizations that provide interactive cooking lessons to teens and immigrant families.

pfl_logoThe Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center aims to advance literacy in Philadelphia in a unique and innovative way—with a fork and spoon. Edible Alphabet is an program that teaches immigrants how to cook nutritious meals while teaching English language skills through hands-on education. Participants in this program will receive kitchen equipment to help them cook healthy meals in their new homes.
vetri_logo empowers children and families to lead healthier lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. Vetri Cooking Lab is an out-of-school-time program that focuses on cooking, nutrition and food education featuring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) core concepts. Select participants will receive specific kitchen equipment at the end of the ten week program.

Two ways you can help

One: Go online and order from our list at Fantes or Amazon. The items you order will be shipped directly to us and help a family in need.


Two: If you have gently used items in good condition that you would like to donate, please contact us at and we can schedule a time for drop off or pick up.

  • A sharp knife to cut and chop
  • Mixing bowls
  • Sturdy tongs
  • Sturdy sheet pan
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Can opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Colander
  • A medium and large saucepan
  • Nonstick frying pan
  • Dish Towels
  • Pot Holders
  • Roasting Pan
  • Large stock pot
  • slotted spoon
  • rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Grater
  • Oven safe casserole
  • Serving platter
  • Dinner plates
  • Soup Bowls
  • Silverware
  • Drinking glasses
  • Toaster Oven
  • Blender

We thank our partners