We specialize in developing food literacy education programs
Our goal is to improve the health and education of children by making food literacy education part of every child’s learning journey.
We consult with pre-K-12 schools and community organizations to develop food literacy education programs based on the award-winning Food is Elementary curriculum. We have worked successfully with a range of age groups, from children in preschool to senior citizens. Additionally, we have worked successfully with multi-generational groups.
To ensure program success, we work closely with clients to establish a timeline of deliverables. After working out a plan designed to meet our client’s needs, we help recruit and interview food educators who we train and mentor through regular check-ins, observations, and professional development tailored to meet their immediate needs.
We work to involve families, school food staff, and professionals from the local culinary, agriculture, health, and arts communities.
The first step to initiating a food literacy education program at your school or organization is to contact us by email and we will set up a time to discuss the possibilities.
Students who participate in Food is Elementary Programs are:
Ready to learn – Nutritious foods fuel the brain and body, and research shows that students who eat a healthy diet perform better in school than students who are hungry or malnourished.
Aware of how food choices effect their health – Students understand the relationship between nutrition and health and the role food can play in preventing disease.
Proficient in basic life skills – Valuing nutrition and being able to decode food labels, plan and prepare healthy meals, and maintain kitchen safety and hygiene are practical skills that students can use for the rest of their life.
Global citizens – One of the most enjoyable and impactful ways to learn about other cultures is through their foodways.
Influential on their family – Children are excited to share what they learn at school with their family and can have a profound impact on their family’s eating behavior. Click here to listen to an NPR Interview with Dr. Demas (2:39 min)
Able to communicate and cooperate with their peers – Students develop important social skills by collaborating with their peers in small groups to achieve a common goal such as writing or preparing a recipe.
“…Food is Elementary teaches students about healthy foods from around the world and builds on what our students learn in science, math, social studies, language arts, music and art. This provides educational enrichment to our students as well as teaching them about food, nutrition, exercise, and cooking. Not only is this beneficial to our students but it is also valuable to our parents and teachers.“Principal Matt Hornbeck, Hampstead Hill Academy, Baltimore, MD