E-Learning Hub

E-Learning Hub

Need fresh ideas for learning at home? Find FREE food and nutrition education lesson plans, videos, recipes, and activities developed by NYC organizations. Ideal for use by families and teachers, for children grades K-12, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For instructions and guidelines for submissions of your organization's digital resources, email Laura Raaen at lbr2132@tc.columbia.edu

For guidelines and best practices for developing, producing, and sharing food and nutrition education digital resources during the pandemic, see our Digital Toolkit and our Delivering Food and Nutrition Education During COVID-19 Webinar Recap blog.

Activities, Projects, and Ideas for Learning at Home

GrowNYC Education Distance Learning Resources

Home gardening projects, family-friendly recipes, sustainability-focused activities, zero waste home projects, and virtual field trips

Designed for grades Pre-K-12

Available in English, Spanish, Chinese

Edible at Home

Engaging, hands-on food, nutrition education, and gardening activities 

Designed for grades Pre-K-8

Available in English and Spanish

ChopChop Family Learn to Cook at Home

A weekly newsletter with at-home cooking curriculum to support kids’ learning, to help keep them calm and busy, and (bonus!) to put food on your table

Designed for grades K-12

Available in English

CommonBytes At-Home Digital Nutrition Game & Activities

Cooking and nutrition articles, games, activities for at-home learning. Access the curriculum for free by creating. a Commonbytes account. 

Designed for grades 3-8

Available in English and Spanish

The Sylvia Center Online Programming

Home-based kitchen tutorials, recipes featuring pantry staple ingredients, and fun STEAM-based activities.

Designed for grades K-12

Available in English


Cooking Classes

Pilot Light Family Meal Videos and Lessons

Family Meal lessons, recipes, and videos created by chefs and teachers designed to support remote learning in Common Core-based Reading, Writing and Math, and bring families together through food. New lessons and videos each week. 

Designed for grades K-8

Available in English and Spanish

Let’s Cook Dinner Together with Bhavani of iEat Green

Live, weekly Wednesday night plant-based cooking at 5pm with natural food chef Bhavani. Register in advance to receive the ingredients list for the week's recipe.

Designed for grades 9-12, Adults

Available in English

The Beecher's Foundation Live Cook-Along

Live, Facebook Cook-Along every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm. Weekly menu and ingredient lists are posted each Monday.

Designed for grades 3-5

Available in English

Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and Handouts

Teens for Food Justice Exploring the Food Movement

A lesson plan that provides context for understanding around food justice and food sovereignty and encourages students to reflect on the food system

Designed for grades 9-12

Available in English

Coalition for Healthy School Food Spice Detectives

A lesson plan to familiarize children with the spices that you commonly use at home, in favorite recipes, or food that is served for school meals.

Designed for grades Pre-K-5

Available in English

Queens County Farm Museum Spring Chickens

This lesson is a STEM-focused presentation is all about chickens–their life cycle and behavior, details of embryology (or development from egg to chick), and how they live at Queens Farm.

Designed for grades K-5

Available in English

Queens County Farm Pollinators

This lesson is a presentation that teaches about pollinators, specifically honeybees! Students observe the essential role of native & cultivated pollinators & learn how they impact farming & the food system. Students explore the process of pollination, anatomy & life-cycle of the bee, beekeeping, & value-added hive products - honey & beeswax.

Designed for grades 2-5

Available in English

FEAST Shopping and Cooking in an Emergency

A handout on how to stock your pantry and easy ingredient swaps.

Designed for parents and caregivers

Available in English and Spanish

FRESHFARM Explore Fruits & Vegetables Using Your 5 Senses

Use this worksheet to learn about fruits and vegetables in your kitchen using your 5 senses!

Designed for grades Pre-K-2

Available in English

FRESHFARM Rice is a Seed that We Eat!

Use this worksheet to discuss different rice traditions around the globe compared to how your family eats rice!

Designed for grades Pre-K-2

Available in English

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