March 17, 2013
by Feeding America

During National Nutrition Month, we will be highlighting programs across our network that are finding unique ways to get nutritious foods to people struggling with hunger. This story comes from Food Share Food Bank in Oxnard, CA.

Food Share Food Bank serves Ventura County, Calif., an area rich with fruit and vegetable farms. Unfortunately, the area is also plagued by poverty and hunger. Fresh produce is expensive. The workers tending the farms often can't afford to feed their children the healthy food they help grow.

Operating on the belief that all children should have access to nutritious food, Food Share Food Bank began holding Kids Farmers Markets monthly at a handful of schools and community centers in the area. The markets are hour-long classes that teach children about nutrition and send them home with fresh produce. Kids are given a recipe to make and learn about the benefits of each fresh fruit or vegetable ingredient. At the end, they receive all the fresh produce used in the recipe to take home to their families.

Kids Farmers Markets are fun and new opportunities for kids to learn about nutrition and encourage long-term, healthy eating patterns. Access to healthy foods is critical to a child's development and their ability to succeed in school. Thanks to Kids Farmers Markets, more children living among Ventura County's farms will actually have the chance to taste and experience the benefits of their bounty, and the better life it can produce.

Tags: Hunger in America , California , Food Share, Inc.

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