Bringing Healthy Meals to Youth in Foster Care

In the midst of a turbulent childhood, the kitchen represents the heart of the home.

"The happiest memories I have as a kid were with my family around the dinner table," says Raquine, a recent LA Kitchen graduate and current Peace4Kids member. Unfortunately, these were fleeting moments for him. In his early teens, after being bounced around from home-to-home, Raquine was left homeless for over a year before finally entering back into the foster care system. These experiences destroyed the idea that food could be a reliable anchor for his happiness.

Enter The Mobile Village: Kitchen, a Peace4Kids original concept five years in the making. Through P4K, Raquine and his peers created a solution to the missing food legacy for youth in Foster Care. They fulfilled their desire to build a deeply connective environment, while simultaneously improving health outcomes and addressing food inequity trends in South LA.

Our youth realized their dream of creating a community Mobile Kitchen

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The Mobile Village: Kitchen is a 32’ expandable trailer, designed under the direction of our Board Chair Deborah Richmond. Launched in late November 2015, our teens planned a menu for the P4K Community [250+], cooked the meal with the help of Kitchen Divas, and created a program that highlighted the importance of food and its relevance in the story of foster care. KCRW was there to cover the story.

Raquine's Story