Second Annual Eat and Greet: Transforming Schoolyards


On Sunday, October 16th, 2016 Greater Richmond Fit4Kids hosted our second annual Eat and Greet: Transforming Schoolyards. This year’s Eat and Greet highlighted one of our biggest programs, Learning Gardens! Learning Gardens engage children in planting, growing, harvesting, and best of all, tasting fresh, flavorful food—changing the way children feel about vegetables. Community partners, friends, and family sat down to a four course Learning Garden inspired meal prepared by Virginia’s renowned farm-to-table chef, Jason Alley. Dinner was paired with wine from James River Cellars and local craft beer.



Guests were given the opportunity to learn more about Fit4Kids’ programming and efforts to combat childhood obesity in the Richmond region. Mrs. Dorothy McAullife, First Lady of Virginia, presented the Fit4Kids Trailblazer award to Sean Sheppard of Backyard Farmer. Sean and his team’s hard work and leadership has helped Fit4Kids launch 20 school learning gardens throughout the greater Richmond region. During the 2015-2016 school year, 6,529 students were able to get their hands in the dirt and learn about where food comes from!

Sean Sheppard receiving the Fit4Kids Trailblazer Award from First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe

Sean Sheppard receiving the Fit4Kids Trailblazer Award from First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe.

A huge thank you to Chef Jason Alley of Pasture for hosting our event and donating the delicious food! This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors The Harrison Family Foundation, Dominion, KPMG, and BCWH, and the hard work of Fit4Kids’ Board of Young Professionals!


Check out last year’s Eat and Greet: Transforming School Food on our blog!

For more information on how to get involved with our annual Eat and Greet fundraiser, or other special events, please email Kayla-Brooke at