Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego Receive Positive Sprouts Grant
The summer season ended sweetly with a fresh and flavorful celebration at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD). With an Amway Positive Sprouts Sustainability Garden grant in the amount of $2500 in hand, the Clubs’ Planet Health program continued to educate children and adolescents about the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet.
“…the master gardener, Diane Kennedy…was amazing,” says Chris Endris, BGCGSD’s site supervisor. “She took us on a tour at her own farm in Fallbrook, and the kids were able to try some homemade fruit rollups. It was fun for them to walk through and learn about nature.”
Throughout the summer, Club members grew a variety of fruits and vegetables. As the summer program came to a close, Club members and staff chopped and cooked their garden’s produce into several delicious plates. “We love the (Positive Sprouts) program. It’s a great part of our Planet Health program, and the kids get excited about it. I’ve even heard them trying to convince their parents to buy these foods. They’ll be walking out the door and I’ll hear them say to their parents, ‘We’re not going to McDonalds today.’”
“The kids are more apt to try it (a fresh fruit or vegetable) as long as it’s presented to them,” says Chris. “At the end of the party, we didn’t have any leftovers.”
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