New partnership to expand access to nutrition and STEM education nationwide
Del Monte Foods has announced a partnership with GrowingGreat™ to bring hands-on nutrition education to elementary and middle school children, empowering a generation of healthy eaters.
As per the company release, “This is a natural partnership for Del Monte Foods, Inc. and expands their Growers of Good™ initiative which is focused on nurturing the Earth’s goodness today to grow a healthier and more hopeful tomorrow. Other partnerships include their recent collaboration with Kellogg’s World Food Day online food drive via Amazon to help local shelters and food banks to get the foods and products that they need.”
Jennifer Jovanovic, Executive Director for GrowingGreat said, “At GrowingGreat we believe every community should have access to healthy produce and all children should experience the joy of growing fruit and vegetables in their own garden. Every child deserves the chance to see their full potential, and that starts with the knowledge and excitement around the right foods to power their brains and bodies.”
Del Monte Food’s sponsorship of GrowingGreat will increase the organization’s national reach by an estimated 95,000 children, parents and teachers through the activation of eight science centers, children’s museums, zoo and school partnerships in addition to Mount Diablo and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.
CARES will have three pilot sites across two elementary schools and one middle school this year, impacting up to 5,000 students and teachers. This partnership will help CARES to expand their cooking, nutrition, garden, and STEM curriculums while also engaging students in career exploration within the fields of agriculture, the culinary arts, and research development in nutrition. Similar programs will be launched across eight other school districts nationwide throughout the next 12 months.