Workshops set for cooking program

A small, East Harlem-based nonprofit is asking Mott Haven residents for their input to help design a mobile cooking classroom it proposed during this year’s Participatory Budgeting process.

SMART, which was founded in 1998 for women and families living with HIV, will receive $180,000 to run the cooking program, after residents of Mott Haven and East Harlem selected it from among several neighborhood programs that vied for the funds. City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito implemented the Participatory Budgeting initiative two years ago to serve her constituents in the 8th council district.

The group will hold workshops on Thursday, Nov. 21 at its Offices at La Guardia Memorial House, 307 East 116th St., to gather ideas on a design for the new program. The workshops will be co-facilitated by the Hester Street Collaborative.

Here’s Thursday’s schedule:
2:30-3:30 p.m. for Seniors
4:30-5:30 p.m. for Youth
6-7 p.m. for Adults

SMART aims to launch the program in 2014.

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