Special to The Gazette

Halifax 4-H, Southside Behavioral Health and Virginia’s Family Nutrition Program have partnered to provide a live, interactive, online cooking class — Teen Cuisine At Home — for Halifax County Public School youth in grades six to 12.

To participate, students must have internet access and the ability to use Zoom to participate in class.

This class is limited to only 20 youth and will take place in February and March with student families assisting in choosing the days it will be offered.

This program focuses on teaching cooking skills, nutrition and participants will follow along with the instructor and cooking together in real time on Zoom.

Since the program will take place in the after school late afternoon hours, teens will be able to share what they have made with their families, just in time for dinner.

This program is made possible by a special grant from the Walmart Foundation through Virginia 4-H to pay for the cost of equipment and ingredient kits for youth to cook together during the program from their own homes.

Ingredient kits contain the shelf-stable ingredients needed to make the recipe of the week, and families may need to purchase additional perishable ingredients that cannot be included in the kit due to food safety regulations.

Kits will need to be picked up by participant families at one of two locations: one in Halifax, the other in South Boston.

Registration is open now but will end on at 5 p.m. Friday.

To start the registration process, parents may email juthurst@vt.edu to request registration forms which will be sent by email.

The forms are fillable PDFs and once completed forms have been received from each youth, they will be registered on a first come, first served basis.