A SUMMER BREAKSPOT SITE WHERE CHILDREN (AND PLANTS) GROW
Star of the Sea Foundation in Key West is an Afterschool Meals (CACFP) caterer, and a Summer Meals (SFSP) sponsor. As part of their offerings during the afterschool time, SOS began a nutrition education program that takes place twice per week at the Boys and Girls Club of Key West. The interactive classes cover topics such as the importance of gardening and growing your own food, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as which foods are good to eat every day and which ones should be limited.
The photos show the Boys & Girls Club of Key West participants planting basil in repurposed water bottles as a planter with Carmen Garcia, an AmeriCorps VISTA and Sustainability Coordinator at Star of the Sea, and playing “I Ate a Rainbow” and “Whoa Slow Go” which are nutrition specific activities with Suzie Bruels, the resident Registered Dietician and Nutrition Coordinator. Star of the Sea Foundation is dedicated to a two-pronged approach to ending childhood hunger by providing both healthy meals and preventative education opportunities.