Want to to teach children about healthy eating, local produce and the elements of taste? Then join Spoons Across America as a volunteer in the NYC public schools. Our first program of the year, Take a Taste with Spoons: Apples, begins next week and we are looking for volunteers to help implement the curriculum in classrooms across the city. Register online and join us at the volunteer training Wednesday night from 6:30-8:00.
Through this program, students learn about the elements of taste, sample locally grown apple varieties, and take an apple recipe home to share with their families. These activities are designed to celebrate fresh, local, and seasonal food and encourage direct and long lasting connections with locally grown produce and farmers.
Can’t volunteer the week of October 22nd but still want to help? Fill out a registration form to keep up-to-date on future opportunities.
Spoons Across America is kicking off our 2012-2013 program year in the NYC public schools and we invite YOU to volunteer!We are seeking adults who are passionate about food and healthy eating and who want to share their passion with children. Chefs, food professionals, culinary students, nutritionists, farmers, retirees, teachers, and more- we want you!
Our first program of the year, Take a Taste with Spoons: Apples, will be held October 22- October 26. Through this program, students learn about the elements of taste, sample locally grown apple varieties, and take an apple recipe home to share with their families. These activities are designed to celebrate fresh, local, and seasonal food and encourage direct and long lasting connections with locally grown produce and farmers. We are looking for volunteers to help implement curriculum in 3rd grade classrooms across New York City.
Register onlinetoday and we will contact you with details. Can’t volunteer the week of October 22nd but still want to help? Fill out a registration form to keep up-to-date on future opportunities.
Congratulations to Spoons Board Member, Bill Yosses, on receiving Food Arts’ September 2012 Silver Spoon Award for sterling performance. Yosses, executive pastry chef at the White House, has always been an advocate for healthy eating. ‘“Education is the part I love,’” says Yosses, who now harvests vegetables with school groups in Mrs. Obama’s kitchen garden” as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for Spoons Across America. You can read the entire article here…
We are so excited and proud of Spoons volunteer, Kubee Kassaye, winner of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) 2012 Legacy Award for culinary achievement. LDEI is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy and philanthropy. Kubee, a graduate of New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is a long time volunteer with Spoons Across America, and describes this and other volunteer experiences as influencing the chef she has become today. “For Spoons Across America,” says Kubee, “I was able to teach the children how to grow fresh produce and to create meals with fresh ingredients. They were so eager to learn.”
Stacey leads a group of students at one of our recent Dinner Party Project events.
We’re thrilled to see our program director, Stacey Ornstein, highlighted for her work outside of Spoons in the Epoch Times. The article discusses Stacey’s passion for teaching food preparation skills to children, as well as the need for more free classes so that families of any income level can participate.
We are currently seeking volunteers for our annual Food Miles Relay programming. This is a great, hands-on program in which students around New York City get to learn about local food and how far various foods must travel from their origin before they are ultimately consumed. Kids will learn why local food is fresher and how to pay attention to where different foods come from, all while having fun and being physically active!
The program will take place in schools around NYC from May 21-25th, and there will be a mandatory volunteer training on May 8th at the Institute of Culinary Education at 50 West 23 Street in Manhattan. If you’re interested in participating as a volunteer, please complete the volunteer registration form and return it by Monday, April 30th to our program director, Stacey Ornstein at Stacey@SpoonsAcrossAmerica.org.
We hope you can participate and look forward to meeting you!
We had a fabulous time last week working with students from PS 102, PS 295 and more during our annual Agriculture Literacy Week programming! The students had a chance to read a story with a Spoons volunteer, taste apples and even start their own bean seedlings! We’re thrilled with the results and looking forward to more opportunities for programs like this.
Spoons is excited and proud to support the release of the new film, The Apple Pushers. This film follows five immigrants who have become part of an exciting experiment to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to areas of New York City where, often, fresh produce is difficult to come by.
Check out the trailer to see why we’re so excited!
We’re seeking volunteers to read and leadcurriculum for our upcoming Agriculture Literacy Week (ALW) program. Volunteers are in the classroom during (approximately) 1-hour class periods for our program week of March 19th. Please see the Volunteer Letter and complete the Volunteer Registration to find out more or to participate in this and future programs.
Registration deadline extended to February 13th.
Spoons, in conjunction with Cornell University’s New York Agriculture in the Classroom, hosts Agriculture Literacy Week. The program fosters awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and the food and fiber system. This year’s ALW includes reading the book Seed, Soil, Sun (American Farm Bureau’s 2011 “Book of the Year”). Each participating classroom receives an educator guide with classroom learning opportunities, a free copy of the book, plus one for the school library. More about the program is available on our website.
We are thrilled to announce the addition of a fantastic prize to our Local Food Heroes campaign! From now until the end of the campaign, your donation will enter you into the running to win a $100 gift certificate to celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s New York restaurant, Craftbar! If you’ve already donated, you’re entered to win too!
And remember, due to a generous matching grant, right now your donation will double and reach twice as many kids in March during Agriculture Literacy Week!
Please help us reach our first milestone of $1,000! Just visit our page at NY Charities and designate your donation to the Spoons Local Food Heroes Campaign to be automatically entered to win.