Family, Career and Community Leaders Student Body Program

featured.jpgFamily, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA’s mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. 


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Join the 2015 Apple Crunch

featured.jpgHave you had your apple today?

The annual Apple Crunch is coming! On October 24th, folks will be crunching into apples all across the globe for Food Day 2015.

Food Day is all about inspiring individuals to eat greener, healthier diets, while working toward improving food policies to ensure better food for everyone. Greener and healthier means eating more fruits and veggies - hence, the Apple Crunch!

Many Americans have diets that are very unhealthy, loaded with packaged and heavily processed foods that are full of chemicals, dyes, preservatives and empty calories, with almost no fresh fruits, veggies or nutrients of any kind. Just making a few small shifts, like eating an extra piece of fruit or veg can make a big difference.


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Your Back-to-School Guide to Food Education

featured.jpgSeptember has officially arrived and though summer’s peaches and tomatoes are still in abundance at the farmers markets here in the Northeast, the season of Autumn’s apples has begun to trickle in. For many families this time of year means backpacks, books, and school buses as we dive into back-to-school mode. 


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Crunching Our Way to Healthier Public Schools

featured.jpgTraditionally spring is considered the season of growth and change, but with so much happening in September, fall might be a close second-place. September on the East Coast brings with it the start of a new school year, the changing of seasons, and of course- the ripening of an endless variety of delicious apples!


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Capital Area Food Bank Unlocks its Hunger Heat Map for Public Use

 featured.jpgThe Washington metro area’s window into the community’s hunger problem was  just opened much wider. 

The Capital Area Food Bank announced today that it will make public its proprietary Hunger Heat Map – touted by the Washington Post as “the technology that could revolutionize the war on hunger.”

“We knew we needed it for our own work, but when we realized how powerful it was in breaking down the problem, we realized we had to share it immediately,” said Nancy E. Roman, the CAFB’s President and CEO.

Photo by Morgan H. West


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farmers marKIDS: Kids celebrate Food Day 2015 by turning their garden produce into a farm stand

featured.jpgInspired by Food Day’s mission to change Americans’ diets and our food policies, Recipe for Success Foundation created an engaging free, downloadable farmers marKIDS curriculum last fall to offer a rewarding way for kids, teachers and parents to celebrate Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The five-part project is an ideal way for families, schools, scouts groups, churches and other organizations to teach kids the value of growing their own food. Just recently, Alliance for a Healthier Generation endorsed Recipe for Success Foundation's farmers MarKIDS curriculum as a national best practice for teaching children food and nutrition literacy.


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Why Does Food Literacy Education Matter?

featured.jpgWhen I helped to launch the nonprofit organization, FoodFight, I was often asked if I was a dietician, nutritionist or some other kind of health expert. Folks were surprised when I explained that I was coming to this work as a former public school educator who, based on research, experience, and insight, felt as if a voice missing from conversations about improving health outcomes in schools - particularly in schools in underserved communities.

I knew that the intersections of our nation's health problems (obesity, diabetes, overweight), food crisis (plenty of food - in some areas - but much of it highly processed and nutritionally bankrupt) and environmental challenges (meat production and food transportation put more greenhouse gasses into our environment than all of the cars on the road - to touch on one issue), required a much more complex and long-term approach to helping kids understand and dig into these issues.  As an expert in curriculum design, student engagement and effective teaching strategies, I thought that FoodFight could serve as a platform for creating and disseminating high impact food education resources.


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