Monday, October 6, 2008

The Organic School Project - Grow, Teach, Feed

Recently I volunteered to help out with a fundraising event for the Organic School Project held at The Golden Triangle (an amazing asian furniture store). This is an organization that partners with the Chicago School System with the goal of providing school age children with a mindful foundation for a healthy lifestyle through wellness programming initiatives, expressed through a three-part mission Grow.Teach.Feed.:

Grow: OSP reconnects our children to their food source through school and community organic gardens.

Teach: OSP teaches children nutrition, mindfulness, and environmental stewardship through an integrated curriculum and wellness workshops.

Feed: OSP feeds children More Positive Foods(tm) through the school food service system. OSP meals are made-from-scratch, organic, natural and sourced locally when seasonally available.

By providing programming that helps children make a connection between the food they eat and their health, and that fosters stress-reducing attitudes and behaviors, OSP strives to combat the childhood obesity epidemic and other health-related illnesses.

OSP is a demonstration project with doctors and medical faculty collecting data and evaluating, so the findings can be presented to the USDA and government agencies urging them to provide additional funding to the National School Lunch Programs.

What a worthwhile cause, teaching kids about healthy eating. I am glad that Mr. Gooch and I decided to donate to this group and I was able to volunteer at the event.

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