Food for Thought

  • Location
    Melbourne, Florida
  • Status
    Active
  • Age Level
    19 to 25 Years
  • Group Type
    K-12 School

The Problem

My students maintain a food pantry for our school. Our food pantry does so much more than feed hungry kids. It also provides learning opportunities for our students. All the young adults in our school have autism and/or intellectual disabilities. They are able to practice vocational skills such as stocking shelves and bagging groceries. They learn daily living skills such as checking expiration dates and how to make a complete, well balanced meal. They also learn about being an active member of the community and demonstrating compassion for others when we deliver food bags to classrooms each week. One thing my students have noticed is that everything that is donated to the pantry is boxed or canned. We would like to be able to include fresh produce in the food bags, and we would like to grow that produce ourselves.

Our Plan

We would like to plant a fruit and vegetable garden, with the goal of including fresh produce in each bag at least twice a month.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Insecurity
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    Social-Emotional Learning

The Benefit

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    Environment
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    People
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