Katie Busby (Leschi Elementary parent) and Stacey Kryman have been have been working on a joint fundraiser between Leschi and Madrona so they can afford to buy into the Seattle Public Schools fresh fruit & vegetable snack program.
They are hosting a fundraiser at Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) on August 27th from 6:30-8:00pm that is open to the Madrona & Leschi Community.
Tickets are available here.
Last year, they piloted a program at both schools, offering a daily fresh fruit or vegetable snack. They had a team of parents buying, chopping and distributing more than 2,500 fresh produce servings each week. This snack replaced the lower nutritive value food brought in each day by parents, teachers and outside groups. It promoted the consumption of fruits and vegetables and we saw an increase in student willingness to try new foods. Teachers also reported their students were more focused in the classroom with fewer behavioral issues. They’re really created momentum and want to expand this program for the 2015/16 school year.
Their goal is to create a sustainable fresh produce snack program for every student at Leschi and Madrona by tapping into the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program via Seattle Public Schools. This program costs $52 per student and offers a robust menu, featuring in-season produce, for the entire school year. But, since both of the schools have more than 50% of the students qualifying for Free/Reduced Meals, a $52 price tag would be a burden for many of the families. The goal is to raise $35,000 so they can fund both schools.
Also, they created an Indiegogo page to take a shot at crowd-sourcing this initiative, too. Here is the link to the Indiegogo page.
Show up on August 27, 2015 support this fantastic event that truly supports the students of Leschi and Madrona.
August 27th Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) from 6:30-8:00pm