Operation “Learn to Cook”

Did you know that you can learn to cook like a pro—for free? Many military installations now offer programs that teach cooking skills to active-duty Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families.

Programs vary by installation and include cooking demos, hands-on cooking classes, and culinary sessions as part of healthy-lifestyle programs. Classes range from onetime sessions to a 12-week series. Some classes are geared toward adults, while others feature simple and nutritious recipes for kids or teens. Programs offer different themes (for example, healthy cooking on a budget, fruits and vegetables, or hearty soups) and cooking skills such as meal prep, chopping, and food safety.

How to find a cooking program near you:

List itemVisit your local USO to find events and programs in your area.

List itemCheck the health promotion/wellness department at your closest medical treatment facility for nutrition and cooking programs and events.

List itemShop the commissary and look for a schedule of events and activities.

List itemFind out if your local VA facility hosts a Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK). Or watch videos on HTK's YouTube channel to learn easy recipes for tasty snacks and meals.

Inspired to get started? Learn more about cooking your way to better health with HPRC’s “5 reasons to toss your take-out menus.

Happy cooking!