This year we received a Child and Youth Innovation Grant to develop and pilot a new program: EatAbility – Seed to Plate Food Skills. 

 EatAbility empowers school-aged youth to grow and cook their own food from seed to plate, developing life skills while giving youth increased ownership and confidence in their eating behaviours and food choices. The program aims to provide food literacy, skills, and healthy eating behaviours which youth can carry into adulthood.

As a Good Food Organization, Food Action will share the results and resources from EatAbility with organizations across North America.  It’s an exciting opportunity to develop programming which gets communities re-engaged and reconnected with local food systems! Thank you, CFC.

 

Here’s what Community Food Centres Canada says about EatAbility:

Since 2007 the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan has engaged the residents of Vernon and the surrounding area in several food programs. Their proven track record of running community kitchens, community gardens, and a food reclamation program has made their new youth program an obvious next step. Through this grant, the Society will launch Eat-Ability: Seed to Plate Food Skills — a ten-month project, spanning February to November, that will follow one school class as they build skills through the garden, kitchen, and classroom. From February to June students will be busy preparing for the growing season by starting seedlings and planning and preparing the garden to be planted. Over the summer students will be paired with volunteer garden mentors to make sure the garden blooms while school’s out. Upon return to school in the fall the focus shifts to harvesting and cooking in the kitchen. Talk about field-to-fork!