project leader
Michael M
location
Avenue B between 5th and 6th st
(Lower East Side/Loisaida/East Village)
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the project

Through our project children will learn to grow, cook, and eat healthy foods, with ingredients they may not have been previously exposed to. Research and model seed-to table programs such as Edible SchoolyardNYC shows that when kids receive hands-on cooking guidance and are encouraged to try new things, they will likely influence their peers, share these recipes at home, and ask their parent/guardian to purchase more veggies in general. This program will change family eating habits, and decrease the chance of illnesses caused by poor nutritional choices.

We will also raise the consciousness of local kids and families regarding their choice to eat locally sourced foods. They not only will support local farmers, but also will decrease the environmental impacts of eating out of season produce.  Children will become ‘nutrition ambassadors’ to their peers and families, and change family eating habits. The excess food raised by the children will be distributed at our local food pantry, and the recipes that they cook in garden kids cook workshops will be shared with the many visitors who frequent the garden during those hours.

We aim to model a participatory community food justice model to meet the food needs of our neighbors. We have many garden members and host thousands of visitors per year.  We hope our local community gardeners, guests. and program participants choose to ‘eat local’, grow more food, share with their neighbors, contribute cultural recipes, and bring our nutrition and food justice literature to their homes, gardens, schools, and organizations.

 

the steps

 

May-September: Cultivate & harvest crops. Deliver to food panrtry and use ingredients in workshops. Publicize workshops utilizing website, calendar posting, listings from Parks Dept, local, and children’s media, local libraries, and at other youth & family events. Build future participant list of interested families, schools. Compile photos, nutritional info, and media. We will design and document responses from questionnaires regarding community impact/lessons learned.

October- KidsCook will harvest crops to be used for pot-luck dishes at HarvestFest, our annual FREE to the public community feast & party/funraiser. Prepare growing beds for winter & next season. Head Start classes plant bulbs around the children's play area. Print and distribute "Cook your Culture" recipe books. Assess lessons learned and plan for next season.

 

 

why we're doing it

In our community, the economic disparity in the way families shop for food is glaring. Food lines around our local park and at the food pantries have become increasingly long, and the food supplied is often short on nutrition; cans, bags, and boxed goods of starchy grains, cereals, white breads, and processed foods high in sodium, high-fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated fats.  Our children suffer high asthma rates, World Trade Center health impacts, and have high rates of diabetes in their families.

Nutrition education is lacking, sometimes available only in English, and family eating habits are often high in sugars and starches.

On the other hand, there are amazing healthy cultural recipes that neighborhood families cook and would love to share with pride! We hope to encourage children and their families to participate in this program, by having them play an integral role in shaping its direction. Children will plant the crops that they will eat and share with the food pantry. They will ask their families to contribute their favorite healthy recipes, and will cook them with their peers in the kids cooking workshop.

Also, we aim to remove the stigma felt by children from low-income backgrounds whose families use foodstamps, by showing that: these can be used at local farmers markets; that many others in their community do need to source food from a pantry or free meal program; and we will provide the info about locations of these, and the children contribute the food they raise to such programs.

budget

 



$360.00
Groceries (6 workshops)
   
$120.00
Printing flyers and recipe cards (6 workshops)
   
$200.00
Compostable cups, plates, forks
   
$60.00 . Mixing bowls
   
$40.00 Plant starts
   
$40.00 Organic fertilizer
   
$15.00 Seeds
   
$35.00 Potting soil
   
$60.00
Pruners and trowels
   
$60.00
bug spray/incense/citronella
   
$36.00
Kid size vinyl gloves
   
$50.00
cleaning supplies (cleaning spray, paper towels, hand sanitizer)
   
$300.00
translation services

 

 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $1,400
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $44
TOTAL TO RAISE = $1,479

 

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