Eat. Educate. Empower.
Vetri Community Partnership's mission is to nourish minds, bodies, and communities with nutrition education through cooking. We inspire people of all ages to develop the knowledge and confidence to make nutritious choices and build life skills for a healthier future. We are committed to providing approachable and accessible programs that foster a sense of belonging for members of our community.
Vetri Community Partnership’s vision is that cooking at home is celebrated as a source of joy and connection. Our goal is for everyone to have the awareness, curiosity, and motivation to add more fruits and vegetables to their plate.
Our Food Philosophy
At Vetri Community Partnership, we find joy in preparing flavorful recipes that move nourishing foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains to the center of the plate. Preparing food should make you feel good and eating it should make you feel even better.
We believe in "any vegetable, any way" because whether its fresh, canned or frozen, budget-conscious, longer-lasting choices often take priority.
Our Educational Philosophy
Using the kitchen as a classroom, Vetri Community Partnership's programs build culinary skills, nutritional knowledge, and confidence through fun and engaging experiences.
Our programs nourish minds, bodies, and communities by encouraging curiosity and teamwork and fostering a communal respect for food and one another.
We aim to create a welcoming learning environment for people of all skill and knowledge levels. Experiential by design, all of our programs offer hands-on cooking and tasting opportunities.
By putting the tools in their hands, we give participants responsibility and encourage them to take ownership of the recipes at hand.
Our People-First Philosophy
We approach food and recipes with curiosity and seek to learn from others because we understand that food is deeply personal.
Food has the power to bring people together and we work to create recipes and environments for learning that are inclusive, diverse, and representative of our community.
In 2008, Chef Marc Vetri and business partner Jeff Benjamin created Vetri Community Partnership.
2008 - Marc Vetri & Jeff Benjamin formed the beginnings of Vetri Community Partnership
VCP started as Vetri Foundation for Children with the goal of raising money to support other youth-focused organizations. We co-hosted the Great Chefs Event for 13 years bringing the biggest culinary names together to support VCP and Alex's Lemonade Stand.
2010 - We served our first Eatiquette meals
From 2010 through 2016 we partnered with schools in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties to serve fresh, from-scratch school lunches through our Eatiquette program.
2013 - We partnered with the Philadelphia Inquirer to run My Daughter's Kitchen
My Daughter's Kitchen was started by Maureen Fitzgerald, food editor of the Inquirer, as an after-school cooking club for 5th graders. VCP expanded the program to 35 sites and engaged volunteers to bring students into the kitchen to learn how to make family meals on a budget.
2014 - We brought the kitchen to the students through Culinary Classroom
VCP educators brought small kitchen tools and fresh produce into classrooms, allowing students to get hands-on with simple recipes while learning quick lessons about nutrition. In 2017, we used the roots of Culinary Classroom to grow a new program - EAT360!
2015 - We changed our name!
Becoming Vetri Community Partnership solidified our identity as a community-serving organization and kick-started our mission of providing nutrition education through cooking.
2016 - We launched two new programs
Vetri Cooking Lab educators led our first out-of-school time cooking classes in schools across Philadelphia, while our first Mobile Teaching Kitchen vehicles hit the road to provide cooking demonstrations and workshops in the community.
2017 - We received funding through the USDA's SNAP-Ed program and became a local educational partner
EAT360 grew to become our signature in-school nutrition education program, gaining momentum by building on the original Culinary Classroom model. With the support of SNAP-Ed, the EAT360 program provides community wellness to partner schools in Philadelphia by leading youth and caregiver cooking classes and promoting healthy environments through physical activity, school garden initiatives, and more.
2019 - We advanced into the clinical nutrition space
The Culinary Medicine program was created as a way to help focus on nutrition as a preemptive healthcare strategy with educators leading hands-on cooking sessions for medical students, physicians, and patients. Culinary Medicine has been promoted to patients by medical facilities and has made its way into elective and required coursework for students and residents at prominent Philadelphia medical schools.
2020 - We moved online
Sparked by the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we worked to create new program models that incorporate online lessons and social media streams to promote virtual learning.
2022- We put down roots
Vetri Community Partnership moved into a ground-floor community space in Philadelphia’s West Poplar neighborhood that serves as both the programmatic and administrative home-base for the organization. For the first time in organization history, VCP has its own Teaching Kitchen to host cooking classes, community events, fundraisers, and more!
2023- Nourishing minds, bodies and communities
In part of a new three-year strategic plan, Vetri Community Partnership re-wrote our mission and vision statements to better provide more focus and clarity in the work that we do: providing nutrition education through cooking for people of all ages that nourishes minds, bodies and communities.
Careers & Internships
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Have an interest in nutrition education and cooking? Vetri Community Partnership offers both full-time and part-time positions and internships.See Our Opportunities