FREE Virtual Cooking Classes to Support Food For Neighbors | Featuring Festival Foods


Feeding kids and families has been at the top of mind for a lot of Milwaukee area parents lately. As the school year starts, we are thinking about lunches, managing dinners in the midst of busy schedules, as well as becoming more and more aware and involved with programs that ensure local kids and families have sustainable and consistent access to meals.

We’re so excited about how our friends at Festival Foods are creating virtual cooking classes throughout the month of September to help families learn some new, crowd-pleasing recipes to bring to their table while also supporting the Food for Neighbors Program! 

Festival Foods Family Meals Month : Virtual Cooking Classes to Support the Food for Neighbors Program

Festival Foods is celebrating Family Meals Month in September with a variety of programs, insights and recipe ideas to encourage families to enjoy meals together and help others achieve family meals as well.

This year’s campaign focuses on helping families across the state of Wisconsin accomplish family meals through Festival Foods’ Food for Neighbors program, which collects donations to provide food and supplies to approximately 40 food pantries across Wisconsin. The Festival Foods Mealtime Mentors are encouraging contributions throughout the month and sharing stories of we can work together to help families across the state get food on the table.

Virtual Cooking Class Schedule

Mealtime Mentors and their Family Meals Month Presenting Sponsors are hosting FREE live virtual cooking classes throughout the month featuring easy, tasty family meals. After attending each of the live classes and completing a survey, participants will be entered to win a $100 Festival Foods gift card. These classes will also be available for viewing after the live sessions on the Virtual Cooking Class site.

Participants can learn how to donate to Food for Neighbors and register for these virtual cooking classes at

Class Schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m. – Loaded Sheet Pan Cheeseburger Nachos presented by Crystal Farms
  • Thursday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. – Veggie Quinoa Bowls presented by Primal Kitchen
  • Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. – Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal presented by Silk
  • Thursday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. – Coca-Cola Spoon Roast presented by Coca-Cola

Register HERE! 

Feeding Families with the Food for Neighbors Program

Let’s be honest…..we were all watching the local news recently and got to thinking about the concept of meals and access to food and how it is not by any means a given for every family. Food insecurity affects people in every community. According to the USDA, over one in ten households (11.6%), totaling over a quarter million of all Wisconsin households, are food insecure and the effects can be particularly devastating for children.

Go beyond the table and join us in helping more families enjoy meals together! Celebrate National Family Meals Month with Festival Foods as we give back to Wisconsin families by supporting the Food for Neighbors program. Festival Foods, in partnership with 12 of their generous vendors, will be donating over $37,000 to their Food for Neighbors program and there’s still time for all of us to get involved.

Learn how your donations and support make a difference to families across Wisconsin dozens of area food banks! 

Join Festival Foods for Family Meals Month this September

How can you get involved? Easy! 

  1. Attend one (or more!) of the Virtual Cooking Classes! Whether you’re looking for kid-friendly snacks, family meal ideas or date nights in, we’ve got the class for you. Join us for an upcoming live class to interact in real time, or check out our library of previously recorded classes to find your next favorite recipe. Your participation helps support the Food for Neighbors Program via the program sponsors and vendors.
  2. Donate to Food for Neighbors. Want to go above and beyond? You can donate directly using THIS LINK and help support more than 40 food pantries across the state of Wisconsin!
  3. Spread the Word! The more people log on to the Virtual Cooking Classes and learn about Food for Neighbors, the more people can have the opportunity to support. Let’s share this opportunity with those we know and make it into a state-wide effort to help put meals on family’s tables.

Thank you so much and we’ll see you in the kitchen!


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