INSPIRING KIDS TO EAT WELL
Midwest Food Connection is a leader in healthy youth development in the Twin Cities. We bring educational adventures in food, cooking, and gardening to children and their families.
- HEALTH: We combat health problems at an early age by exciting youth about healthy eating. Through hands-on cooking, studying, and tasting fruits and vegetables, our students develop a love of real, whole, locally-grown foods.
- ENVIRONMENT: We empower youth to take care of the earth. When growing their own food, learning about their choices’ impact on the environment, and visiting local farms, our students become good stewards of the environment.
- LIFE SKILLS: We equip youth with skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives. From cooking to gardening to shopping wisely, our students learn self-sufficiency and develop healthy habits.
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 food education programs.
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 2016/7, we taught in 52 schools and taught over 750 individual lessons.