Our mission at The Kitchen [Community] is to connect kids to real food. If we feel providing a Learning Garden to your school or community will benefit our founding mission, then we will carefully review your application and criteria. Schools and/or organizations must have a minimum of a 60 percent FRL (Free and Reduced Lunch) or low income ratio to be eligible for a full Learning Garden. We also have product discounts available.
30,000 kids in 2012. 90,000 in 2013
In 2012, The Kitchen Community (TKC) connected approximately 30,000 children to nutritious food by creating 50 Learning Gardens in schools across the U.S. These Learning Gardens serve as attractive outdoor classrooms and experiential play spaces with edible vegetables. Here, teachers want to teach and children want to play.
TKC developed strong relationships with Chicago Public Schools and Los Angeles Unified Public Schools, two of the three largest school districts in the U.S. TKC also continued its work with Denver Public Schools. The Learning Gardens created in these districts provided hands-on nutrition education opportunities for students, many of whom are at a high risk for developing diet related illnesses. With donor help, TKC was able to target schools with low-income populations of 80% or above.
“The garden encourages cross-curricular dialogue and an emphasis on healthy choices.”
- Principal,Mountain Vista Elementary