Free Resources Available To Georgia Educators That Encourage Adventurous Eaters
Atlanta-based Small Bites Adventure Club is teaming up with the American Heart Association to provide Georgia educators with free resources to prepare and taste fruits and vegetables with students in their classrooms.
Through September, teachers can sign up to receive free digital resources to celebrate October Farm to School Month by making Rainbow Wraps with Bell Peppers. The digital resource kit, including step-by-step PDF instructions, a “how-to” video with Chef Asata, family engagement activities, and a special guest on zoom.
The first 50 Georgia pre-k through 2nd grade teachers to register by Sept. 18 will also receive a free mini-cooking kit and $125 instacart gift card for recipe ingredients.
The activity is linked to standards and is a simple, fun way to engage kids in trying new things.
“Kids can absolutely learn to love vegetables – especially when they are given the opportunity to create and try them through hands-on cooking with their peers in classroom settings,” shares Erin Croom, CEO and founder of Small Bites Adventure Club.
Children across age groups should consume, at minimum, two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. The 2021 National Survey of Children’s Health found that 1 in 3 children do not eat fruit daily and 1 in 2 children do not eat vegetables daily (CDC, 2023).
“School nutrition programs participating in the USDA National School Lunch Program are working diligently to serve fruits and vegetables,” says Laura Bracci, government relations director from the American Heart Association.”Our goal is to get children excited about fruits and vegetables so they are more likely to consume them because healthy diets support healthy hearts.”
Small Bites Adventure Club has been partnering with Instacart Health since 2022 as a way to scale and reach more students. “Instacart reaches more than 95% of U.S. households including 93% of people living in food deserts, connecting families across the country to fresh and nutritious foods,” said Sarah Mastrorocco, Vice President and General Manager of Instacart Health. “We’re proud to partner with Small Bites Adventure Club to leverage Instacart Health Fresh Funds to unlock greater access and educate and inspire health habits in the classroom and beyond.”
Educators can sign up at smallbites.club/rainbow
About Small Bites Adventure Club
Small Bites Adventure Club is a social impact venture based in Atlanta, GA with a mission to help children discover, eat and love fruits and vegetables. Small Bites Adventure Club creates turnkey food education resources for childcare, after school program and PreK- 5th grade educators. To date, Small Bites Adventure Club has reached over 330 schools, child care and afterschool programs and served over 128,400 bites of fruits and veggies to children. Connect with us on Instagram!
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.