Providing jobs while teaching kids about nutrition
The Accelerated School (TAS) students were paid for their work during the summer session to improve healthy food access in their community. In the past two years, they’ve created short videos for the “Where Do I Get My Five?” DVD and marketmakeovers.org, a comprehensive online resource scheduled to launch August 2009, and transformed two local markets.
The South L.A. Shopping Challenge
So You Think You Can Cook is a reality show competition set in the very real world of the South L.A. food desert. An average family of four in this area has $10 or less to spend on a meal. In this episode, two VERY competitive teams race to buy the healthiest, yummiest food from the corner store on their $10 budget.
Working on behalf of community issues has economic as well as social value. For several students, “Where Do I Get My Five?” and marketmakeovers.org was also their first job and their first paycheck.