FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

AmeriCorps F2S Logo_4cwebThe Stevens Point YMCA, is excited to welcome the Farm to School Program* and its two members: Vanessa Vincent (Nutrition Educator) and Meagan McGoldrick (Community Outreach Specialist). Farm to School is an AmeriCorps program that emphasizes on:

(1) Strengthening local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs.

(2) Promoting children’s health by providing fresh and minimally processed foods in schools and supporting the development of healthy eating habits.

(3) Increasing children’s and communities’ knowledge about agriculture,
food, nutrition and the environment.

In addition to the Y, Vanessa and Meagan will be at local schools, the Farmshed, the farmers market, the Children’s Museum and throughout the community implementing educational activities including gardening, food tastings, chef demos (and much more!) as well as working toward incorporating more sustainable, local and healthy foods into meal menus.

*The Farm To School program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

BIOS

Vanessa Vincent
Nutrition Educator

Vanessa has a BA in Family Consumer Science and has previous internship experience with Farm to School and Habitat for Humanity. She also presented a research paper on parent education laws in Vancouver Canada with her research team. Vanessa has a passion for nutrition education, promoting healthy local foods, and helping others live a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys making lesson plans and creating interactive activities to teach to her students. “The students’ growing knowledge of what I teach, and their excitement are what make this position so rewarding.” She believes that farm to school is impacting the way children think about their food and where it comes from by setting an example for students to follow; now and for the rest of their lives.

 

Meagan McGoldrick
Community Outreach Specialist

Over a decade ago, Meagan became very interested in living a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as examining the American food system as a whole. In 2007, she became a share worker on a local CSA farm
(Community Supported Agriculture), and then went on to fulfill 2 internships on sustainable farms. Meagan also has 10 years of experience working in early childhood education. Being of service to our community through Farm to School allows her to blend these passions: “I now get to work with local farmers to promote healthy behaviors in children. I strongly believe our Farm to School activities, lessons, Healthy Snack Program, and presence at community events all show children that local food is awesome!”

 

LINKS
Our Facebook Page
National Farm to School Website

DATCP
Farmshed

VOLUNTEERING FOR FARM TO SCHOOL

If you would like view and sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities:

Please go to volunteersrock.org
1. Click “Find Volunteer Needs nearby”
2. Choose “Phrase” in the “Search by” box and type in Farm to School 

OR Email SZdroik@spymca.org  

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Coming soon!

PHOTO ARCHIVES: PAST EVENTS

Visit our Facebook page for photos of our past events!