Bringing Food Education To Kids Across The U.S.Thu 19 Dec 2013
Story by The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Team
Since it’s launch in 2012, our ‘Learn Your Fruit and Vegetables’ program has expanded to Boys and Girls Clubs of America in 5 states across the US, with a total of 32 clubs taking the program, and more lined up for next year, over 8,000 kids have been impacted!
This program brings simple food education to kids via 14 educational cards – each of which feature a different fruit or vegetable and include information on why they are good for you, where they come from and a simple recipe. You can see our sample cards here.
What the teachers have to say
"Our kids love it! …The most intriguing part of the class is the fact that students are being exposed to foods that they normally would not eat and are enjoying it. The apple salad with different cheeses was a hit. Next week we will begin sending home the recipes to our parents so they can make at home." - Wilfredo Flores, Site Director, Boys and Girls Club of Carson, Bonita Avenue Elementary Clubhouse
“The Learn Your Fruits and Vegetables Program has been a great success at the Willow Creek Boys and Girls Club! Each Friday a group of 2nd and 3rd graders learn about fresh food in a fun and approachable manner. We have had lessons on Apples, Berries, Spinach, Peppers, Pears, and Cabbage so far, and each one has been a great experience. Hands down, the members' favorite recipe has been the "Berries and Yogurt". There's just something about berries, yogurt, and honey that drives those kids nuts! At the beginning of the program a lot of our members did not like to eat fruits and vegetables. Slowly but surely, they have warmed up to the idea and are now excited for each week's food choice! Thank you Whole Foods for helping us teach the children of our community about delicious fruits and vegetables!” – Margana Suendermann, Boys and Girls Club of Marin, Willow Creek
“This program has helped our youth be aware of a healthy lifestyle. They enjoy having a fruit or vegetable every week and also get inspired by how they are grown and where they originate from.” – Ayesha Karim, Boys and Girls Club of Marin, Old Elm Village
Bringing food education to Food Day activities
This year, we supported Food Day on October 24th by providing our apple educational card to go with Big Apple Crunch activities. In New York alone almost 1 million people crunched into local apples for Food Day and across the rest of the nation many more crunching activities too place from California to Maine and Montana to Michigan. Over 2,000 kids took our apple class through activities hosted by some of our Food Revolution ambassadors alone!
Register your interest in the JOFF (USA) Learn Your Fruits and Vegetables Program here. Download our free sample pack of the program here, and check out this Pinterest board to see classes in action. If you have questions about the program or want to know more, email the team here.
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Team
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