FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Stevens Point YMCA, is excited to welcome the Farm to School AmeriCorps F2S Logo_4cweb
Program* and its two members: Kelsey Newman (Nutrition Educator) and Becky Herrick (Community Outreach Coordinator). 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, Kelsey and Becky 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.

*Farm to School is sponsored in part through
grants from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Women’s Fund of Portage County and the Stevens Point Area YMCA Foundation.


BIOS

Kelsey Newman   Nutrition Educator

Hello! My name is Kelsey Newman, and I am the AmeriCorps Farm to School Nutrition Educator for the Stevens Point Area YMCA. I originally grew up in the small town of Kingsford, MI in the upper peninsula. I have now been living in the Stevens Point area for a few years, and I love it here! Currently, I am in my Senior year at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point studying Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Besides being busy with college and farm to school, I enjoy cooking, spending time with family, and hiking! One of my favorite hiking destinations is Piers Gorge in Norway, MI.

I am excited to be serving with farm to school because not only will it be beneficial to my future profession as an educator, but I strongly believe that children need to be exposed to local, sustainable, and healthy foods at a younger age. In addition, all students should have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and how important it is in leading a healthy lifestyle. There is so much a child can learn from the study of food and nutrition. They can learn the science of how plants grow, the history of foods across the globe, the math of calculating calories, and the true enjoyment of trying something new. I love to see children light up when they try a new food… and love it! Food and the knowledge of food is powerful!

FACTS from the 2017-2018 service year!

  • We reached over 450 students with 5 nutrition education lessons
  • 26 total classrooms were reached with nutrition education, snack program and/or garden lessons
  • Introduced 40+ local food items to classrooms in Stevens Point
  • Doubled volunteer goals with 375 total volunteer hours!
  • We had 27 one time volunteers and 32 ongoing volunteers! Thanks all! You rock!
  • The Healthy Snack Program provided 250 students in 10 classrooms with a locally sourced snack once a week for 30 weeks, spending less than $5 per classroom each week.
  • Donated the majority of YMCA garden produce to the Salvation Army Hope Center

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VOLUNTEERING FOR FARM TO SCHOOL

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

Email: farmtoschooloutreach@spymca.org
…OR…
Go to volunteersrock.org
1. Click “Find Volunteer Needs nearby”
2. Choose “Phrase” in the “Search by” box and type in Farm to School

 

 

 

 

Becky Herrick   Community Outreach Specialist

Coming soon…

Some of the farms we sourced
from in 2017-2018 school year:

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Coming soon!

EVENT PHOTO ARCHIVES

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