Good Food Project
The Good Food Project is a model community garden that envisions a healthy Cenla in which all children grow up with an awareness of and access to nutritious food. Through education and community partnership, The Good Food Project works to connect children with healthier food options, healthier behaviors, and improved health outcomes. Because A Healthy Life is a Happy Life!
The Good Food Project supports a culture of health in the public schools throughout Central Louisiana. The environment is one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic and social sectors; fosters healthy equitable communities that guide public and private decision making; and gives opportunities to children and adults to make choices that lead to healthier lifestyles.
All Good Food Project garden program sites are learning environments providing students and adults of all ages opportunities to learn how and what to plant seasonably and sustainably, as well as good nutrition and healthy eating options. As we continue to work with our neighborhood community gardens, we will integrate children and utilize cross generational learning when possible. The Project teaches them to grow food organically, promoting a "kindness to the earth" model that is long lasting.
We will not just feed children and adults for a day or a week, but will help them access food, encourage them to make healthy food choices, inspire them to grow their own food, and to provide food for others, while remaining active throughout their lifetime.
The Good Food Project began with a 1/3-acre demonstration garden as part of the Food Bank complex. Here, gardeners of various ages and experience levels take tours, learn about and view different organic garden options as part of hands-on workdays, and can volunteer to plant, cultivate, and harvest fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs on Workday Wednesdays that are distributed to Food Bank clients or local non-profits that serve food to families.
Since its start, The Good Food Project's impact has expanded from the demonstration garden to its current support and/or maintenance of more than 60 active school and community garden program sites in the eleven parishes served by the Food Bank. The Project currently has a potential impact of over 27,000 children and adults. These programs teach sustainable gardening, nutrition, and healthy eating options, while providing fresh produce for participants.
For further information or assistance contact Levi Phillips, Good Food Project Director
at 318-445-2773, ext. 212 or at email@example.com.