Are there any New York City residents out there who have school aged children in their family? Lucky ducks. Big things are happening in the Big Apple, particularly if you’re drawn to a healthy, green lifestyle.
While much has been made about the poor quality diets that our educational institution continues to feed students, the good news is that even before Barack Obama’s better half championed the dietary overhaul cause or celeb-chefs Jamie Oliver, Rachel Ray and now Paula Deen (?!?!) stepped in to the positively impact system, two non-profits were quietly working behind the scenes to make the world a healthier and greener place for the younger generation.
What They Do: Established 5 years ago by Nancy Easton, Kirsten Brashares and Rachel Tore, the non-profit organization focuses on positively enhancing the fitness and nutritional levels of New York City’s school age children while also boosting their health of their environment through the widespread adoption of three specifically geared programs.
How They Achieve It: Coach for Kids engages 5,500 students in unique, stimulating and fun physical activities at least one hour daily, Cook for Kids employs culinary school graduates to prepare nutritious, unprocessed meals for roughly 6,500 students daily and Green for Kids teams up with other New York City-based eco-initiatives to enlighten children about the benefits of perpetuating a planet-friendly lifestyle.
How You Can Help: Donate whatever amount you can afford to help keep their programs alive.
What They Do: Manuela Zamora, Nancy Easton, and Sidsel Robards – desiring a greater level of intellectual stimulation for their children and classmates – joined forces to improve the level of science education by creating sustainable school rooftop urban farms using reclaimed rainwater and renewable energy.
How They Achieve It: By integrating their Greenhouse Project Lab with local school curricula, the academic horizons of school children are expanded significantly to include “environmental science, natural resource management, food production and nutrition.” Public School 333 will be the very first educational institution in New York City to benefit from a flourishing rooftop environmental lab, with more in the works.
How You Can Help: Money is always the most effective way to help keep non-profits afloat. Donate via their secure website here.