These workshops are designed to motivate and empower elementary and middle school students to make healthy food choices.  In today's society, where sports and after school programs have become secondary, we strive to offer an opportunity where students can voluntarily engage in learning about healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices. Our culinary enrichment program allows students to learn through hands-on nutrition education activities. Kindergarten through 8th grade students will explore, prepare, and enjoy fresh, affordable foods from the DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas; we emphasize and support the use and consumption of locally grown produce. Early education is proven to benefit those both early and later in life, thus Zenful Bites aims to introduce students to healthy cooking at an early age. We hope young students will help develop their “instructional core” that will increase their awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of healthy eating.