Ambassador Of The Month: Lara Folster – São Paulo, BrazilThu 29 Aug 2013
Story by Sarah Curl
Ambassador of the Month is a feature that we’ve launched in order to highlight the amazing volunteers we have around the world. Ambassadors who have been chosen show an unwavering desire for change in their communities. They are fighting for real food and food education skills and donate their time every month to make this happen.
This month’s Ambassador of the Month is Lara Folster. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lara has a deep passion for healthy and fresh school food options. She works with hundreds of students each week to teach them about real food and food education. Lara joined the voluntary Ambassador team in February 2013 in order to increase her reach of students in her community and push for better food standards in schools. Please meet Lara!
Tell us a little about why you wanted to get involved in the Food Revolution?
I’ve been working with healthy food in schools since 2011. My company Lanche & Co provides healthy fresh food for schools in Brazil. When I heard that Jamie and his Food Revolution had a project like that, I was crazy about it and applied to become an ambassador. I had already become a healthy food ambassador in my life, with my family, my friends, my company and my community. Being a part of the Food Revolution Ambassador program gives me hope, it makes me stronger and makes me feel like I’m not alone! Having all the ambassadors and supporters involved with this cause is a great result for the world.
How has the Ambassador Program helped you accomplish your goals?
Before I became an ambassador, sometimes I felt that I was only at the beginning of a huge revolution. When I became one I felt stronger from the revolution. All the people involved for a better world, talking about improving food, running against all this marketing of junk foods, made me more than a believer. It made me an ambassador for life. The Food Revolution with Jamie as the team leader gives us strength to fight for better.
What have you been able to achieve since being an Ambassador?
Well, we used to attend 200 students in Wellington School, in São Paulo, and for 2014 will attend 700! Every Friday from May to June 2013 I provided free healthy food and culinary classes for 500 students. I talked to them and their families about how to change the way they view food. We are working in a community in the suburb of São Paulo and it’s hard to make them understand what we are up for, but we are having a great result! In my house house, I have become a health coach for my family, my parents and my friends and I love it!
What real food initiative are you currently working on in your community?
As I said, from 2014, we’ll be attending to 700 students and consequently their families. We‘ll provide healthy, fresh, colorful, delicious, made fresh every day food, with juices made from fresh fruits. Their favorite juice is pineapple with kale! Cakes like the ‘shrek cake’ made with broccolis, ‘strength cookie’ made with oatmeal, fresh bread made with beet. My job inside this school is going very well, I took a huge step and I continue my job here and I don’t regret a thing.
What do you want to work on in the future?
As an Ambassador I want to go to the public school food department in São Paulo. They work with 2000 schools here. I want to be able to get in there to improve the can food, rice and beans that are served from a plastic bag. I wish the food that they are giving to kids everyday could be reviewed and stronger legal standards implemented for a bigger school food revolution.
Otherwise, I see a lot of people working for a better way of life in Brazil. It’s a small move yet, but we are getting closer and we are getting stronger!
Wellington School, a suburb school, gave us the power of change. They had no doubts and are fearless! They believe that food is a major part of education, and gave us this huge space to change the way their students and parents see food. It is a great place to work as an ambassador!
For all my partners at this moment and all the people that has no idea that they gives me strength as a Food Revolution Ambassador, thanks for being part of it!
Find out more about Lara and her Food Revolution in Sao Paulo here: Food Revolution São Paulo
Find out more about our Food Revolution Ambassador program and apply to become one here!
About the author: Sarah Curl is the Food Revolution Community Manager for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.
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