Good Food Great Kids: Six Recipes for a Better World

Good Food Great Kids: Six Recipes for a Better World

Early childhood education providers can improve access to healthy foods for children living in poverty by partnering with local farmers, food service providers, parents, and community members, a series of case studies from pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and BUILD Initiative, finds. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the report, Good Food Great Kids: Six Recipes for a Better World, highlights case studies of partnerships with Head Start programs in Minneapolis/St. Paul; Philadelphia; Brooklyn, New York; Decorah, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and Washington, D.C. that have resulted in improved childhood health and wellness, enhanced educational experiences, and increased family engagement. The case studies found that children exposed to healthy foods early in life develop and maintain their preferences for nutritious food; that providing healthy food options is affordable; that having an on-site garden and kitchen facilitates behavior change; and that cross-sectoral partnerships to engage parents in preparing healthy foods is essential.