On Sunday October, 18th Greater Richmond Fit4Kids held our first ever Eat & Greet: Transforming School Food. Community partners, friends, and family sat down to a school lunch-inspired menu, complete with USDA School and Nutrition Services pizza crust, circa 1988!
Guests were given the opportunity to learn more about Fit4Kids’ programming and efforts to combat childhood obesity in the Richmond region. Carrie Coyner, Chesterfield County School Board member, attorney, and mother of three, spoke about Fit4Kids’ impact in Chesterfield and her children’s experiences with Wellness Integration, Active Recess, and Learning Gardens at Elizabeth Scott Elementary. Towards the end of the evening Bethany Brady Spalding, Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children Coordinator, presented the Fit4Kids Trailblazer award to Richmond Public Schools Nutrition Services Director, Susan Roberson. Susan’s hard work and leadership has helped Fit4Kids and our community partners launch Eat Fresh RPS–an initiative to dramatically increase the amount of fresh produce eaten by students. Eat Fresh RPS will install 20 salad bars in schools during the 2015-16 academic year, conduct fruits and veggie tastings in cafeterias, and host chef trainings with school nutrition staff to enhance their skills.
To learn more about our work with Eat Fresh RPS and the school food environment, please visit our website www.grfit4kids.org. If you’re interested in volunteering with Eat Fresh RPS, please contact our Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Kayla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thank you to Jason Alley, owner of Pasture, for hosting the night and donating the delicious food. This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors and the hard work of Fit4Kids’ Young Professionals Board!