RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLING KIDS AT HOME
We know that parents and caregivers are looking for ways to keep their children busy and learning. Below you will find ways to learn about food and nutrition, and related topics at home. Page down to see additional categories of activities including: Activity Sheets, Lesson Plans, Powerpoints, and Videos.
Note: We understand that many people don’t have easy access to food, and/or don’t have access to the food they wish they had. Our goal here is to teach about healthy eating, but we understand that not everyone has a choice about what to eat, now more than ever. In these difficult times, the important message is that we should eat the food that we can access, and that when we do have a choice about what to eat, we can learn to make healthier choices.
Activity Sheets (Elementary Students)
Activity sheets are not for learning new information, they are for reinforcing information already learned. We will be creating lesson plans for each of these activity sheets, but feel free to teach your children the differences that the activity sheets are designed to illustrate so that you can use them now. Click on the activity sheets below to print – the instructions are on them!
Note: you can print the color sheets in color or black and white to save color ink.
Cooking Lesson Videos
Power Point Lessons
Click on the image below and the lesson will download onto your computer. We’ll be adding more lessons by Monday.
Check back for more lesson plans. Click below in the images for each lesson.
Spice Detectives (Elementary)
Recipes (All Ages)
Check back for more recipes. Click below on the images for each recipe. The recipe will open in a new window. The first two recipes feature black beans.
TAKING CARE OF OUR FOOD SERVICE WORKERS & LOCAL BUSINESSES
Our food service workers are working under extremely stressful situations. They’ve always been our heroes, but now they are literally risking their lives in order to feed the children in their communities, and that is scary for them and their families. At the same time, local businesses are suffering huge losses. We encourage you to support your local businesses by purchasing gift certificates to restaurants, hair salons, massage therapists, or your local alternative movie theaters and gifting them to your local food service workers. They can use the restaurant gift certificates now for take out, or later when currently closed restaurants open again, and the other gift certificates for the future when the current threat is in the past. This is a win-win to show our appreciate to our food service workers (and do it for our health care workers, too) and to help local businesses. Maybe it’s too much for your family to purchase gift certificates on your own. You could also join together with other families, each pitching in $5 toward a gift certificate. Our food service workers and our local businesses need our support, so let’s do this!
CONNECTING FOOD WITH HUNGRY KIDS
We have been contacted by three companies so far, asking us to connect them with schools and food pantries that can use food donations. This includes tens of thousands of pre-packaged snacks to be included with school meals, and plant-protein products which are being delivered by the truckload to some food pantry hubs with an average of over 7,000 servings per truck (the receiving location must have access to a lot of freezer space). We are grateful for the opportunity to make these connections to get free food donated to those who can use it. If you are a food company that wants to donate, or a school or a food pantry that would like plant-based product donations, please contact us.
SCHOOL MEAL DELIVERIES AND PICKUPS
Some schools (not all) are changing how they get food to kids. Instead of families coming to schools, some schools are delivering meals to student’s homes. This is more common in suburban and rural areas. It would be much more difficult to do this in larger cities. But in suburban and rural areas this results in less potential contact and transmission of disease. We’re glad it’s also means some school bus drivers still have some work.
Check on your local school district website to get details about how to get food for your children in your community. Schools have been really great about updating families through robo-calls, emails, their websites and through the media.
In New York City, starting yesterday, Monday March 23rd, food will be available at 400 pick up sites (so not every school as it was last week – this makes sense as preparing food in every single school would not be efficient). For NYC, you can find the details here.
We honor and appreciate school food service workers, school bus drivers who are delivering food to homes, food pantry workers, health care professionals, grocery store staff, and all the other people who are working in essential services to help people get fed and stay healthy, as well as caring for those who are sick.