“I didn’t know the inside of a beet was purple!”
Since 1996, Midwest Food Connection has brought culinary and gardening adventures about healthful food into school classrooms. As traveling food teachers, we have the privilege of hearing statements of discovery like this one. Through storytelling, hands-on activities, and sensory experiences, we teach about the life of an ear of corn, the flavor or a raw sweet potato, the tradition of harvesting wild rice, or the invention of pasta. Watch this video to learn more about our work!
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.