22 May JLA Community Partner Capital Roots Kicks Off Taste Good Series
With funding from the Junior League of Albany, Capital Roots, a local food access nonprofit, has completed its first of two five-week nutrition education “Taste Good Series” at Sheridan Preparatory Academy in Albany. More than 100 pre-K and Kindergarten students participated in the spring series, designed to teach young students the importance of nutritious eating for their health and well-being using engaging activities and fresh fruit and vegetable tastings. Capital Roots also implemented afterschool family nutrition workshops at the school in which both students and parents prepare and eat fresh, healthy dishes to reinforce the positive eating habits learned in the classroom.
“By getting children excited about eating nutritious food at a young age, we’ve seen the impact reach beyond the classroom, into the child’s home so that parents and children can build healthy eating habits together, “said Capital Roots’ Chief Executive Officer Amy Klein. “But Capital Roots understands that this is not enough. That’s why we pair education with programs where families can access and afford fresh food – The Veggie Mobile®, Healthy Stores and Community Gardens. We are grateful to the Junior League of Albany for supporting the Taste Good Series – a program proven to impact young children and their families in our communities most in need.”
“The Junior League of Albany is thrilled to have chosen this as our newest community project after we had identified “children in hunger” as a pressing issue in our community,” said Junior League of Albany’s President Carol Crummey McCardle. “The Taste Good Series further illustrates the Junior League of Albany’s 100 years of continued local community partnerships.”