Beecher’s Flagship Foundation Pure Food Kids workshop – we know from their smiles and cheers while they eat the wholesome chili
they make in the classroom, and the pride they take outsmarting food companies marketing tactics to expose what’s really in the cereals, chips, yogurts, and beverages they investigate during the workshop. We also know students learn key nutrition and food
facts from the results of pre and post-workshop quizzes they take.
term positive impact on kids and their families’ attitudes and food choices. It’s also having an impact on teachers in the classrooms.
workshop when they were in 4th grade:
91% of teachers found the workshop “personally informative,” with 63% reporting that it has influenced the way they eat;
54% of teachers said they read labels more than they used to, with 69% reporting they limit how much they eat food with ingredients they don’t recognize;
85% of teachers report an elevated awareness of food additives in processed foods, with 84% saying the information they learned about food additives concerns them enough to avoid foods with artificial sweeteners,
preservatives and colors; and 93% checking ingredient lists to avoid trans fats or hydrogenated oils;
83% of teachers have shared what they learned in the workshop with friends or family, and 80% have been inspired to cook at home after the workshop;
65% of parents were aware their students participated in the workshop 2-4 years ago, with 70% recalling their child talking about learning what food companies say about their product isn’t always true, and
83% recalling their child learning how to read ingredient lists and to watch out for unhealthy additives;
79% of parents report their child reading labels or urging them to do so while grocery shopping together;
60% of parents report their child expressed interest in avoiding particular processed foods as a result of learning more about what the product is really made of;
58% of parents say their family talks more about what’s in the foods they eat now than before their child participated in the workshop, and, 65% of parents reported their child expressed interest in cooking after participating in the workshop.
Lending support to the
push by Food Day and the Jamie Oliver Foundation to get food education into every classroom, 98% of parents in our survey felt there is a need for more nutrition education, food science and cooking skills to be offered
chance of success in school and life. Together with other initiatives like ours across the country, we can turn this public health crisis around.
visit this link for PDF of survey results.
a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization working to “Change the Way America Eats” through our programs to educate and empower people to make healthy food choices for life. Flagship Foundation operates a dynamic, commercial-free,
no-cost, nutrition education and cooking program called Pure Food Kids Workshop for elementary school students that is supported by Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and sister companies which donate 1% of all sales to help fund the Foundation. Since 2006, the program
has turned more than 60,000 kids (and their teachers) into food detectives, empowering them with information and skills to make healthy food choices for life. Our approach is to spark curiosity in students about what’s really in the food they are eating,
providing a chance for hands-on investigations of products, and skills for how to understand nutrition labels and ingredient lists. Our workshop also teaches kids to beware the marketing tactics food companies use to get people to buy their products. Best
of all, kids get the opportunity to cook and enjoy a wholesome, delicious chili right in their classrooms.