For FoodCorps Arkansas, wintertime was a whirlwind of community events, taste tests, and celebrations. Hellstern Middle School service member Noa Borkan attended the grand opening of the Whole Foods Market in Fayetteville, AR, to speak on behalf of her school and accept a Whole Kids Grant of $2,000. Several service members in Springdale organized a Family Cooking Night Fiesta and held after-school workshops with their schools’ Family Literacy Program to teach families how to create quick and inexpensive healthy snacks.
Food waste mitigation was also a focus this winter, with the construction of two compost systems, classroom mushroom farms, and worm bins. Students had lots of fun helping get the gardens ready for spring planting. The kids at Bayyari Elementary in Springdale proclaimed that shoveling soil “was way better than recess!” These superstar garden club students shared their stories at a Springdale School Board Meeting, where they talked about how the garden is important to them and their community, and passed out freshly harvested carrots.
If you’re passionate about teaching kids and communities to make healthy food choices, consider applying to become a FoodCorps service member. Click here for more information. Hurry! The application deadline is March 31, 2016.