Archive for the ‘How Cool is That?’ Category

October 17, 2012 is designed to help people get involved in concrete ways to reduce hunger in both the short- and long-term. Whether you have only a few hours or would like to give more of your time, you will find a wealth of information, as well as step-by-step instructions for taking action to ensure that more […]

Well Kiddos

September 30, 2012

Led by Manuela Hipkins, the San Francisco Bay Area, California-based Well Kiddos organization advocates providing children with healthy food choices when dining in or out. A mother of three young children and a pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist, Hipkins developed a deep respect for the connection between nutritional habits of the children she treated and […]

The PB & J Fund

September 15, 2012

The PB & J Fund connects Charlottesville, Virginia youth with the resources and knowledge necessary to help develop a healthy diet. By working with community partners to provide healthy meals and teach cooking habits, it aims to address kids’ nutritional needs at each stage of development. For the last four years, the organization has partnered […]

The Food Lab at Walker Jones

July 15, 2012

Walker Jones Education Campus is a pre-K through 8th grade school, with a total of about 450 students. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, it is home to DC’s largest urban farm and the budding Food Lab at Walker Jones. Started in 2011 as a basic culinary classroom and as an extension of the […]

The Lunch Box

June 30, 2012

The Lunch Box is an online toolkit with “Healthy Tools For All Schools,” packed with solutions at your fingertips. You can use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school. The recipes and other tools-for-change featured on this site have worked well […]

Food Finders

June 15, 2012

Food Finders is a multiregional food bank and food rescue program headquartered in Signal Hill, California. Organization volunteers and staff pick up hundreds donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distribute it directly to missions, shelters and social service agencies on a same-day basis. On average, Food Finders […]

Marin Organic’s Organic School Lunch and Gleaning Program

May 30, 2012

Marin Organic is a cooperative association of Marin County organic producers dedicated to improving farming practices and promoting sustainable agriculture and locally produced food by offering support and educational opportunities for farmers, marketing assistance, public outreach and environmental management programs. The organization also builds relationships with businesses, member producers, farming associations, restaurants, environmental groups and […]

May 15, 2012

Now in its third year, the campaign was created to help growers share their garden bounty with those in need by providing an online clearinghouse to locate neighborhood food pantries accepting donations of freshly harvested produce. More than 5,100 food pantries nationwide have registered on the organization’s free website, and the organization expects to […]

Marathon Kids

April 30, 2012

Now in its sixteenth year, Marathon KidsĀ® is a free school and community-based fitness program for K-5th graders and their families that combines endurance-building running/walking, nutrition and schoolyard gardening programs. The goal of the program is for children to develop the love and habit of moving through space and to carry forward the power of […]

Healthy Fare for Kids

April 15, 2012

The Healthy Fare for Kids initiative is a Chicago-based grassroots project that encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children on their menus. Launched in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago at the end of 2011, Healthy Fare for Kids now has more than 35 participating restaurants and is embarking on a citywide effort to […]

Metro Parks Tacoma Free Summer Meal Program

March 15, 2012

Like many park districts around the country, Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington’s park district, partners with the USDA to offer a Free Summer Meal Program for children. However, in many areas, the meals provided by park districts barely meet USDA nutritional standards. Setting itself apart, Metro Parks Tacoma has gone a step further in partnering […]

The Kids Cooking Corner

March 1, 2012

The Kids Cooking Corner (KCC) provides children ages 3-18 the opportunity to experience and learn the joy and art of cooking daily by offering cooking and gardening classes, summer and winter camps and hosted birthday parties throughout southwestern Washington state and the Portland, Oregon metro area. Participants learn about proper nutrition, kitchen safety, proper food […]

Recipe for Success Foundation

February 15, 2012

Houston-based Recipe for Success Foundation is dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children. The organization has developed a comprehensive experiential learning program that makes healthy food fun, and works to make healthy food […]

School of Eating Good

February 1, 2012

Motivated by the growing rate of obesity among young people, Ronnie Trowbridge and Sharon Badian were inspired to create a Boulder, Colorado-based nonprofit organization called the School of Eating Good. In partnership with the University of Colorado, the program provides small, hands-on classes on basic cooking skills and shows young adults that cooking good food […]

The Cooking Room

January 15, 2012

The Cooking Room is an elementary school program whose goal is to promote food literacy to kindergarten through 5th grade students. Operating through a dedicated kitchen classroom at P.S. 3 in the West Village neighborhood in New York City, teachers and volunteer professional chefs and chef-instructors educate kids in grade-appropriate food lessons that incorporate science, […]