Edible Schoolyard NYC is helping to transform children’s relationship with food by implementing a programme that promotes gardening, cooking, and eating together into schools’ everyday curriculums.
Through hands-on cooking and gardening education, students are encouraged to make real connections to what they are growing and eating, empowering them to develop healthy habits.
Edible Schoolyard NYC partners with public schools in New York City. Its mission is that all children are educated and empowered to make healthy food choices for themselves, their communities, and their environment, actively achieving a just and sustainable food system for all.
In New York City, 40% of school children are obese or overweight and 25% of children are food insecure.
Edible Schoolyard NYC works with schools in underserved communities including Central and South Brooklyn, South Bronx and East Harlem. The nonprofit organisation works with nearly 4,000 school children per year.
Established in 2010, Edible Schoolyard NYC is committed to bringing acclaimed restaurateur and food activist, Alice Waters’ vision to New York City public schools. When Alice Waterscre ated the Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, California in 1995, she knew the best way to teach children the connections between food, health, and the environment was by integrating an edible education programme into school curriculums.
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