If you don’t already know, Fit4Kids, Richmond Public Schools: School Nutrition Services, The Richmond City Health District, The Healthy Lifestyle Center at VCU, The Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, and Fram-to-School Consultant Trista Grigsby have received funding from our very generous friends at Impact 100 to launch salad bars in 20 Richmond Public Schools.
Although Richmond has earned it’s reputation as one of the best places to travel to for food in 2016 (National Geographic, 2016), our foodie culture doesn’t exactly reflect everyone in our great city. Richmond has also been designated one of the most severe food deserts in the Commonwealth (Virginia Food Systems Council). Many of our city’s children have limited or no access to fresh produce. This initiative was designed to help increase access and consumption of fruits and vegetables by our students.
“And considering that students can eat breakfast, lunch, and, in some schools, dinner or after-school snack and summer meals, the food choices that students make at school are a significant percentage of what they eat for 13 years of schooling.”-Trista Grigsby, RVA News
Installing these salad bars will affect not only current RPS students, but thousands and thousands of students for years to come.
With that being said, we need your help to make this happen! We are currently seeking volunteers to assist in launching these salad bars, you can sign up here.
To accompany these launches, each partner school will host a Fruit and Veggie Tasting Week the week of March 14th-18th, 2016. The purpose of this week is to introduce, encourage, and educate students on items that they will be seeing on their salad bars. This is our greatest volunteer need, as all schools are hosting tastings simultaneously. You can sign up to help here.
Once you’ve signed up to volunteer with us, we ask that you take a few minutes to watch our Volunteer Training Webinar to ensure that your event runs smoothly. Available for your viewing pleasure here: Eat Fresh RPS Training 2016 1.14.16.mp4
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Kayla-Brooke Dransfield at firstname.lastname@example.org/(571) 264-4626.