Grantee Blog

From Seed to Plate

It has been a productive and fun fall at the schools. At School 8, the students successfully grew and tasted swiss chard, kale, lettuce, various peppers and herbs. They enjoyed learning about plant life cycles and documenting the growth over the past few months. This past week we used the last of our jalapeños to make a salsa that everyone loved.

At School 17, the students particularly enjoyed the “I Can Eat a Whole Plant” lesson where they tried carrots, celery, spinach, broccoli and sunflower seeds. One student tried celery for the first time and now says it is her favorite vegetable! We also planted pea shoots indoors and dissected lima beans.

At both schools the students have been drawing various fruits and vegetables that we have been decorating the cafeterias with. Additionally, we have been discussing fun and healthy ways to fundraise.

As this grant comes to a close, we have been reflecting on all that we have accomplished these past two years. We have exposed over 400 students to new fruits and vegetables, built two school gardens, purchased physical activity equipment to support an active indoor recess, developed a successful School Wellness Committee and worked with the Paterson School District to promote summer meals.

Although this grant is coming to an end, we are excited to continue working on these initiatives to promote wellness in the schools. We are very appreciative of all the support we received from NJHCN to make all of this possible.

About the Grantee

United Way of Passaic County

The United Way of Passaic County works to improve the lives of people in Passaic County by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our goal is to promote healthy nutrition and a food environment within which all County residents can have access to healthy foods and live a healthy lifestyle.