an estimated 13,000 meals and approximately 7,000 quarts of
OUR MISSION and PRIORITIES
HEALING FOODS AND CULINARY EDUCATION
The Wellness Kitchen (TWK) is a nonprofit organization in Templeton, CA whose mission is to provide restorative nutrient-rich food, education, and resources to individuals with critical or chronic conditions and those striving for optimal health. It is our vision that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, who is dealing with a health crisis, can receive food support through our programs until they get back on their feet. And for us to provide education so they may prepare their own mineral rich foods for themselves and family.
The Wellness Kitchen features hands-on wellness and therapeutic cooking classes, health and nutrition lectures and demonstrations led by health professionals, guest chefs, nutrition educators, organic ranchers and farmers.
We prepare a wide variety of foods ranging from low sodium, iodine-free, heart healthy, blended meals, food allergies, digestive issues and more. All of our food is dairy and gluten-free. Our curriculum and classes will enlighten and give you the tools for a more healthy approach to recovery and life.
"I cannot believe my good fortune to experience this magical, loving, amazing, beautiful, peaceful niche in this world. Thank you and Bless you many times over."
OUR PROGRAMS IN ACTION
For those who are going through challenging treatments and suffer from mouth sores, throat tenderness or difficulty digesting foods, we've created a menu that uses no pepper, and less citrus, garlic and onion.
Vegetables have been gently cooked and serving sizes are smaller. Healing Foods are designed to be comforting, delicious, as well as nutritious for someone going through debilitating treatment and/or recovery.
Healing Foods can be offered at little or no charge to those facing a health crisis, lack the support system to have healthy foods prepared for them and/or are unable to afford these foods on their own (applicants must qualify).
With our nutrient-dense foods, one is more likely to have fewer side effects and treatment can be more effective.
"By the time [mom] finished the quart [of bone broth], she had her energy back and felt whole again! "
Pre-ordered healthy meals available each week for pick-up. These meals can support recovery or otherwise maintain wellness. All meal selections are fully-cooked and packaged in compostable Vegware containers ready for reheating. Menus are 100% gluten-free, dairy-free and based on seasonal availability of the freshest organic ingredients. Menu items from both, Wellness Foods and Healing Foods, are available in our deli case for lunch.
We not only want to provide our community with the most delicious and nutritious foods possible, but also give back through culinary instruction, nutrition education, and support groups. We host cooking classes with our in-house chefs, as well as a variety of healing classes from guest instructors.
"In just a two hour class ... shared a volumes of pertinent information in a fun, engaging manner. She gives practical tips you can start right now as well as the science and statistics to back it up."
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
We all know someone whose life has changed due to cancer, disease, surgery, and critical illness. Proper nutrition aids in surviving cancer, illness and disease, recovering from poor health and sustaining excellent health! Giving your time can be the best gift of all!
We need cooks, dishwashers, shoppers, food delivery, and help with food prep, phone calls, and light clerical duties. Call us to sign up for the available slots and/or share your passion with us and we'll incorporate your gift into The Wellness Kitchen.
By the end of an average year, our volunteers will have prepared an estimated 13,000 meals and approximately 7,000 quarts of broth!
"A top notch kitchen expertly designed to produce nourishing, healing meals gloriously presented by the very talented master chefs makes volunteering there a delight. I am proud to be associated with this valuable community resource."