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OVERVIEW

Classroom to Table is an eSTEAM program where students (Pre-K – high school seniors) learn the fundamentals of urban agriculture to devise a healthy eating ecosystem of ultra-locally grown produce. Program start-up and on-going support through in-person and virtual instruction utilizing the most in-demand technology. Ensuring an ideal setup for teaching the basics of healthy eating, urban farming, culinary and entrepreneurship progressive curriculum components. 

The Challenge: is it possible to change the mindset and eating habits of under-resourced community residents currently living in urban food deserts. That struggle to combat food in-justice in accessibility, poor diets and the under-representation of black and brown in culinary career pathways.

Adults living in food insecure household reported a lower level of education compared to those living in food secure households. The percentage of adults with less than a high school education living in food insecure households was 48.1% compared to 30.2% among those living in food secure households. Approximately 23.5 million people live in food deserts throughout the US. approximately 12.3% of U.S. households remain food insecure. Food insecurity is more likely to occur among racial and ethnic minorities and low-income communities.
 

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SUCCESS

  • Pre-K, kindergarten, elementary, charter, alternative, high school and park district participation with on-site hydroponic gardens, in demand robust curriculum and school district support
     

  • Development of student entrepreneurs, internships at restaurants, one on one course work with local chefs and the development of a community lead ecosystem of healthy food options
     

  • The empowerment of families that have been traditionally plagued with generational diseases due to poor nutritional diet by bringing about the power of education and inclusion to serve the community
     

  • Formation of citywide council meetings that regularly take on challenges in food justice reform by including teachers, industry stakeholders, neighborhood leaders, administration, local government, financial support organization, non profit community ambassadors and under-served community residents