We're proud to partner with multiple organizations, all of which are working to reduce the Real Food Deficit in their own ways for those most in need. From teaching cooking classes to making farmers markets more accessible and affordable to growing produce to donate to food pantries, these organizations are making a real impact.
HealthCorps fights the obesity crisis by getting students and communities across the country to take charge of their health. HealthCorps employs college graduates to carry out unique programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps Coordinators give teens purpose, help them develop character and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers.
Wholesome Wave's programs improve the accessibility and affordability of healthful, locally grown fruits and vegetables — empowering people to choose foods that will help keep their families healthy. Their Double Value Coupon Program increases the value of federal nutrition benefits used at farmers markets, while at the same time doubling revenue for family farmers. This year, Wholesome Wave will be active in more than 27 states and help support more than 3,200 farms.
With the help of volunteer chefs and nutrition educators, Cooking Matters Colorado offers hands-on courses that teach low-income families across Colorado how to budget, shop for and prepare healthy meals. Participants learn how to get the most from their food resources and graduate with skills that will last a lifetime. Cooking Matters Colorado serves 38 counties with more than 15,000 graduates to date.
The Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen is a volunteer-driven program that involves a range of fun, hands-on workshops like cooking, healthy eating and even gardening. Kids in the Kitchen aims to curb childhood obesity and inspires kids and parents to live healthier lifestyles in more than 200 communities. Kids in the Kitchen has empowered hundreds of thousands of kids to make healthy lifestyle choices and is making a difference in the fight against childhood obesity.
Seattle's Solid Ground takes a wraparound approach to helping families in need. Each year, Lettuce Link coordinates the growing and giving of 50,000-60,000 pounds of organic produce to food banks and shelters and helps thousands grow their own food. Cooking Matters™ Seattle, a partnership between Solid Ground and Share Our Strength, teaches more than 500 participants in Washington State how to get the most from their food resources through hands-on cooking and nutrition classes.
Common Vision's award-winning Fruit Tree Tour has inspired and empowered more than 90,000 California public school students to plant more than 4,900 fruit trees. The all-volunteer army of modern-day Johnny Appleseeds has collaborated with community groups throughout the state to transform more than 195 public schoolyards and community centers from barren urbanscapes into abundant orchards, leaving a lasting legacy of free, fresh food for generations to come.
Spoons Across America is dedicated to educating children, teachers and families about the benefits of healthy eating through hands-on education that celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition of sharing meals around the family table. Spoons has delivered more than 60 programs across the U.S., reaching nearly 40,000 children and families. In 2011-12 alone, more than 6,000 New York City schoolchildren experienced their high-impact programs.