Sunday, September 8, 2013

Eat your veggies!

I was privileged to be invited to a charter school in an Oak Park neighborhood to watch a few Chefs from the Sacramento region teach children about healthy eating habits as part of California Food Literacy's ongoing program.

food-literacy-monthCalifornia Food Literacy is a non-profit whose mission is "to inspire change today for a healthy, sustainable tomorrow through enduring community food education." The organization's founder Amber Stott has teamed up with local farmers, Chefs, community members and foodies to promote a "sustainable tomorrow through community education."

September is Food Literacy Month and 55 of the local restaurants in the Sacramento region have joined Amber with the Eat Smart campaign. If you dine at these eateries, they will add a voluntary dollar to every ticket. 100% of funds will reach more children with food literacy education. Here are participating restaurants.


I have to hand it to Amber and the Chefs who took part in this day. The cafeteria was a virtual buzz of little munchkins all eager (and noisy!) to learn about fruits and veggies...it brought back memories of my very brief foray into teaching 2nd graders, an experience that quickly taught me that perhaps teaching wee-ones was not my forte! Amber, on the other hand, was made for this. Hopefully, the Eat Smart campaign will allow California Food Literacy to hire more teachers like her! You go, girl!!

The best part was watching the Chefs interact with the kids!

Chef Paul of The Broderick

Laurel.  Thanks Peg, for a great day!!

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3 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting event. Anything to get kids to eat vegetables, right?

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  2. It was an amazing day. I am so glad you could be a part of it. I was so pleased that out of the 135 kids that came through only ONE refused to try the kale. 134 of the kids loved it. One of the little 5 year olds told Amber that "I am being very brave today". Melts your heart.

    Love you Laurel!

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    1. It WAS a great day!! Thanks again. Best wishes for a successful fundraising campaign!!

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