Birchwood Boost: July-September 2017
From July–September, Birchwood BOOST is partnering with Midwest Food Connection to empower children to make healthy decisions around food. Birchwood Boost supports local nonprofits whose work aligns with the Birchwood Café‘s “Good Real Food” values. Food connects us all (everyone eats!) and food systems are a critical point of action for addressing human and environmental health, climate change, and social justice issues.
Meet Midwest Food Connection
BECOME A SUPPORTER
Over the years major support from foundations, school PTA’s, and natural food cooperatives have provided a strong funding base for Midwest Food Connection. However, we need to grow our individual donor base in order to reach more schools. If you would like to support us via in-kind donations or through volunteer work, please contact us. We welcome your assistance in reaching more children with our natural foods awareness programs.
TEACHING CHILDREN TO EAT WELL
Midwest Food Connection (MFC) sends educators into elementary school classrooms to teach about healthy eating, local foods, as well as sustainable and organic agriculture.
- We provide children with opportunities to study and taste natural and organic foods.
- We create an understanding in children of the origins and traditions of regionally produced foods.
- We teach children about the methods and benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture.
- We organize and lead field trips to local diversified farms.
WORKING WITH YOUR SCHOOL
Our extensive curriculum covers topics from whole grains to local produce to immigrant cuisines. We have created elementary school lessons specifically for kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades, and offer a new middle school curriculum as well. Each lesson has been carefully polished through frequent use in a variety of classroom settings.
Midwest Food Connection has partnered with schools in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area since 1994. During the school year of 2015/6, we taught in 60 schools and taught over 1,000 individual lessons.