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Generation Nutrition

WHAT IS GENERATION NUTRITION?

This youth-centered initiative works with the whole community to improve youths’ access to healthy food through food gardens and build lifelong food skills.

We bring food garden boxes to schools, camps, and other groups, along with experiential workshops designed to help young people plant, grow, and understand food and food issues. These, along with other community-wide initiatives, work together to grow young peoples’ lifelong ‘food literacy’ skills, and equip and empower them to investigate social issues and create real change.

Four million Canadians experience food insecurity. Help us bring this program to under-resourced schools across the country.

WHY NOW?

  • Four million Canadians, or 13% of Canadian households, experience food insecurity. This means that they have inadequate access to nutritious food.
  • In 2017, UNICEF ranked Canada 37th out of the 41 richest countries in terms of household food insecurity.
  • One in six Canadian youth fall victim to the insidious effects that this causes, including poor health (diabetes, obesity, and iron deficiency), behavioural and developmental issues, and poor school readiness and performance.

Together, we can create a generation that has the skills and passion to create change.

“GENERATION NUTRITION PROVED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCES WE COULD HAVE HOPED FOR. ACTION AGAINST HUNGER HELPED US EXPLORE TOPICS RELATED TO HUNGER, FOOD SECURITY AND HEALTH. THE LEARNING WAS INVALUABLE TO OUR CONTINUED UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE FOOD PLAYS IN OUR LIVES.” – CARMEN OLIVEIRA, BURROWS HALL PUBLIC SCHOOL, SCARBOROUGH ON

We offer Generation Nutrition in both English and French. This program is fully customizable based on your group’s needs. Contact us to discuss becoming part of the Generation Nutrition family!

 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Garden boxes

  • You get mobile, sub-irrigated garden boxes from our partners at The Growing Connection. These are yours to keep permanently.
  • We can decide together how many garden boxes you want. You just need a safe space that gets sunlight for at least part of the day and has close access to a water source (they need little maintenance and only need watering once/week).
  • Schools usually get 20-40 boxes, but that can be changed as needed.

Plant your own food

Learn how to plant and grow your own produce in the gardens, alongside an urban agriculture expert. Depending on the number of boxes, this can be a one hour or full day workshop, and can either focus on one group of students or can be an opportunity for the whole school to participate. You’ll also receive a garden guide to help you take care of your garden boxes.

Fun, experiential workshops

Workshops can be facilitated by our staff or by teachers in the school (with an accompanying Facilitation Guide)

  • Health, nutrition, and taste

Gain a more relevant understanding of the need to make healthy food choices, and try some brand new flavours. This can feature a local nutrition expert or medical professional.

  • Global food systems

Trace your food’s journey from seed to plate, learning about the environmental and social impacts along the way.

  • Food justice

Build empathy skills while exploring issues such as affordability, geography, cultural practices, and other barriers to accessing nutritious food in Canada.

  • Indigenous food history and sovereignty

Explore traditional practices of growing and cooking, how colonization has destroyed practices and knowledge, and how reconciliation efforts can focus on these important food issues. Where possible, we will welcome an Elder or community leader or educator.

Cooking lesson

Learn to cook a meal using your harvest with a local professional chef – in your school kitchen or on a field trip.

Leadership, Garden Committee, and Curriculum Integration guides

  • A guide to leadership skills activities which empower students to find creative solutions to community challenges.
  • A guide to curriculum-specific ways to integrate this education into classes.
  • Guidance on forming a student-led Garden Committee (comprised of teachers/administration, students, and families) to ensure that all project decisions are best for your community and are sustainable moving forward. This also includes suggestions on how you can use the garden for other activities, such as school fundraisers and community meals.

Family ‘Box Adoption’ Program

Families benefit from ‘adopting’ the boxes at their homes over the summer – as they’re small and mobile, they can be set up in yards, porches, or balconies. In this way, the boxes will continue thriving over the summer, students can take pride in teaching something new to their families, and the families can enjoy the fresh food in the summer months. We provide a guide on how to set up the program and encourage accountability.

School Twinning

Your school can twinned with another one in Canada or in countries such as Guatemala and Colombia – we help you to connect and learn from each other.

Week of Action Against Hunger

You get to participate in the ‘Week of Action Against Hunger’ in the Fall with schools and groups across the country and the world. We provide a guide on how to set up awareness and fundraising activities, based on your community’s needs and interests.

WHO ARE WE WORKING WITH?

We’re proud to work with groups across the country, including:

  • Burrows Hall Jr. Public School – Scarborough, ON
  • Driftwood Public School – Toronto, ON
  • Ecole élémentaire l’Envolée – Windsor, ON
  • Ecole élémentaire Patricia-Picknell – Oakville, ON
  • Ecole secondaire Gaétan-Gervais – Oakville, ON
  • Ecole Terre des Jeunes – Calgary, AB (with Portail de l’Immigrant Association PIA)
  • Ecole La Vérendrye – Lethbridge, AB
  • F. W. Begley Public School – Windsor, ON
  • Highlands Jr. High – Edmonton, AB
  • Maple Leaf PS – Newmarket, ON
  • Meadowbrooks PS – Newmarket, ON
  • Mount Royal School – Edmonton, AB
  • Montrose School – Edmonton, AB
  • Red Door Family Shelter – Toronto, ON
  • St. Mark Catholic Elementary School – Stouffville, ON
  • St. Mary’s School – Huntsville, ON
  • The Special Friends Network – Oakvillle / Burlington, ON
  • Victoria Linklater Memorial School – North Spirit Lake First Nation, ON

 

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

For everyone! This program reaches youth of all ages and backgrounds – everyone benefits from learning to grow their own food and becoming ‘food-literate’.

Contact us to learn about purchasing the program for your school, camp, youth organization, or other group!

We’re proud to partner with companies, foundations, and people like YOU to bring this program to under-resourced schools for FREE.

Help us bring this project to under-resourced schools, support this work.

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Are you interested in having our signature program for your group?

We invite you to contact our National Programs Manager, Mira at mlyonblum@actionagainsthunger.ca or at 416-644-1016.
 

Help build a “Generation Nutrition”