This blog post was written by Pack to Plate Executive Director, Sam Perren
When I went home for Thanksgiving last week I got to spend a lot of time with my family and eat several generous meals. As always happens in those sorts of situations, I began to reminisce about good times (and good meals) with my family growing up. When I was a kid, we didn’t only have these types of meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas; we had them just about every Sunday after church at my grandparents’ house. My grandmother, Lessie Perren, was a phenomenal cook who seemingly always had cornbread, biscuits, meatloaf, butterbeans, okra, and her delicious creamed (some of you may know these as mashed) potatoes ready whenever I might stop by. She absolutely loved to cook and grow vegetables. As a kid I didn’t always fully appreciate it, but as I grew up I came to love her homegrown tomatoes, and I’ve still yet to eat one as tasty as the ones she grew in her backyard. I largely took these things for granted as just a normal part of growing up, but as I’ve learned over the past few years I was incredibly blessed to have these experiences.
Many kids right down the street from us in Athens, Georgia have not yet had experiences like this with food, but that can change and you can be a part of it. Pack to Plate wants to help kids in our community create these sorts of memories by providing them with fresh fruits and vegetables and a relevant, engaging food literacy curriculum. We want to provide these kids not only with the food they need, but the knowledge to make it matter to them and we need your help to do it. 1 in 3 kids in Athens lacks reliable access to food when they are not in school. Of the children who do have access to food, many live in food deserts, leaving convenience stores and fast food restaurants as the only viable options for dinner. Others, regardless of socio-economic status, do have access to healthy food, but regularly choose unhealthy options. We want to change that. Together, we can change that and we firmly believe that the resources to make it happen are already here in our community. There is great precedent for grassroots movements starting with elementary education (smoking, recycling, etc.) and we believe food literacy can be the next great change. It’s time to get to work.
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