At the Boys & Girls Club of Ellettsville, we strive to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens in a safe environment. -Mission Statement
For more than a year, the Ellettsville Boys and Girls Club has been running a Food of the Month program. Starting October 2013, Bloomingfoods will sponsor the program with a monthly fruit or vegetable donation. The goal of the program is to give kids the opportunity to try new foods and to educate each other about cooking and nutrition.
One of the Ellettsville Boys and Girls Club’s goals is to let kids generate programming ideas. For example, those who participate in the Club’s cooking club get to prepare “food facts” about nutrition, preparation, and fun facts that they then share with the other members of the Club through educational posters, announcements, and trivia. This child-driven model provides a unique sense of ownership to the club members.
The Food of the Month program is a wonderful way to expose children to new foods and to teach them about healthy eating. Program coordinator, Crystal Ritter, recalls fondly an instance in which child who had never seen or tried a fresh pineapple ate it for the first time and loved it. In addition to providing novel foods that the kids might not otherwise try, the program also teaches them lessons about biodiversity and food systems, as illustrated by the sweet and tart apple varieties donated by local farmer Daniel Graber.