Launched in 2011
National Recognition: 2011 Program of the Year Award from Feeding America
The program encourages active, healthy living connecting low-income children with nutrition education and a reliable, year-round produce source.
Our Kid’s Farmers Market Program is an interactive approach to improving the long-term health of low-income children in Santa Barbara County. Each month at sites countywide, the Kid’s Farmers Market Program provides fresh produce and nutrition education to low-income children.
Who is Served
low-income Elementary School children in Santa Barbara County
Role in Continuum of Programs
Second step in the Feed the Future continuum
In alignment with the knowledge that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health, the Kid’s Farmers Market Program combats health issues affecting low-income children such as diabetes and obesity through consistent distribution of produce and nutrition education.
Kid’s Farmers Market Program provides free produce and education to children that have an unmet need for a reliable produce source and do not have the financial means to purchase produce on a consistent basis.
The Kid’s Farmers Market Program is an opportunity for the Foodbank to combat the prevalence of obesity and diabetes in the low-income population through nutritious foods and nutrition education.
- The nutrition education curriculum details how fruits and vegetables are grown, how they are cooked and used, nutrition value and importance; and include learning activities and recipes that promote fresh produce as an alternative to processed food.
- As part of the curriculum, the Nutrition Educators, Assistants and children prepare and eat a nutritious recipe during each Kid’s Farmers Market.
- The children are encouraged to participate in the food preparation activities, taste the seasonal produce and recipes, ask questions and take home educational materials to share with their families.
- At the conclusion of the nutrition education curriculum, the children gather the produce that they have selected at the start of the Kid’s Farmers Market and the education materials to take home.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Made up of a core group of committed volunteers, the Foodbank’s Nutrition Educators and Assistants provide on-site educational resources that are supportive, age appropriate and interactive, all with the goal of providing tools to encourage long-term nutritious eating patterns and necessary skills to make healthy choices for a lifetime.
- Each Kid’s Farmers Market site requires two volunteers: a lead Nutrition Educator that administers the curriculum and a secondary individual that assists.
- All Nutrition Educators and Assistants are provided with two required orientation trainings before being sent out into the field.
- For more information on volunteering or to view the Kid’s Farmers Market volunteer training video, please visit our volunteer page.
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Healthy Recipes from Kid’s Farmers Market Program
Prep time: 10 minutes Serving size: 1 ½ cups Servings: 3 Tastes: 6 Ingredients 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper 4 cups finely chopped kale, tough ribs removed 2 cups finely chopped red cabbage 2 cups grated carrots 2 apples, grated with peels […]