“Healthy Food For All” — a campaign to increase awareness and access to local, fresh healthy foods.
Like all of Earth Care’s work, the campaign focuses on young people and empowers them to gain the skills and information they need to meet their needs and those of the community.
The Healthy Food For All Campaign employs the following key strategies for change:
Through our AmeriCorps Food Cadre Program, we provide opportunities for young people and their families to build a relationship with healthy food: to know what healthy food is, how it grows and where it comes from, and have access to it everyday. These kids take the skills they have learned to teach others.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness: Earth Care’s Food Cadre AmeriCorps Members engage K-12 students in in-school, afterschool, and summer-time service-learning programs. Service projects have included Food Drives, collection of cafeteria left-overs and harvest from school gardens to donate to Adelante. Through cafeteria food collection students learn how redirecting or reducing waste in the food system can help address hunger issues.
Through direct experience with the issues, young people are provided the space to come up with and carry out solutions to hunger issues that they research and design themselves.
Global Youth Service Days: Friday April 20, 2012: In partnership with Santa Fe Public School all K-12 students in Santa Fe will be invited to participate in a Day of Service & Education. Youth will work to raise awareness about hunger through service projects at the Santa Fe Community Farm, cooking demonstration with Cooking with Kids, and a gardening projects at various schools across town. The Day will also include a community lunch and awards ceremony.
Urban Gardens: Home, school and community gardens and educational workshops and events teach youth and families how to grow food for their own consumption as well as donate some of that food to others in need.
Harvest Festivals: AmeriCorps Members, students and teachers at our partner schools organize Fall Harvest Festivals. Parents and neighbors are invited to an afterschool festival that includes student-led school garden tours, and a community meal with food from the garden. Students present their research and ideas for addressing hunger in their community through a displays and informational flyers.
Visit the Food Justice section of our website to learn more about specific activities.