FREE FOOD LITERACY FAIR TO CELEBRATE
FOOD LITERACY MONTH SEPT. 14
Veggie of the Year to be announced
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Our goal at Food Literacy Center is to teach children from low-income families about cooking, nutrition, fruit and vegetable appreciation, financial literacy through budgeting, and more using our approachable curriculum.
SACRAMENTO – As part of Food Literacy Month in September, local residents can attend the free Food Literacy Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Southside Park across from California’s largest certified farmers market. The fair, hosted by Food Literacy Center and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson in partnership with Southside Park Neighborhood Association, will include live music from The Hoots, live cooking demonstrations featuring local kids and chefs, crafts, kids games, free food samples, veggie costumes, face painting, a photo booth, awards and the announcement of the Veggie of the Year.
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson authored ACR-161, a resolution sponsored by Food Literacy Center, to declare September Food Literacy Month in California and to raise awareness about food literacy on the state level. This year’s Food Literacy Month will include the Food Literacy Book Club kickoff, free Food Literacy Fair and Veggie of the Year voting and activities. For more information, visit www.foodliteracycenter.org.
Food Literacy Center was established in July 2011 to educate and inspire low-income children to eat healthy food. Students learn fruit and vegetable appreciation, how to read nutrition labels, basic cooking skills and environmental impacts of their food choices. The nonprofit also runs the Food Literacy Academy, which trains community members as food literacy advocates. To date, the nonprofit has 70 active volunteers and serves 2,400 kids annually. After just three months of food literacy education, 70 percent of students request the foods they have tasted in class, including broccoli, celery and oranges. Ninety-one percent of all students say healthy food tastes good, and 88 percent of children understand how to read a nutrition label. To make a donation: www.foodliteracycenter.org.