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FOUR ORGANIZATIONS COME TOGETHER TO HELP HOMELESS CHILDREN LEARN
FOODShare, School on Wheels, Kids to Kids, and The Salvation Army join forces to educate homeless children about nutrition - Kid's Farmers' Market Program
VENTURA, CALIFORNIA - School on Wheels is excited to announce its partnership with three other agencies that are working together to educate homeless students in Ventura about fresh food and nutrition. On the firstt Thursday of every month, School on Wheels' students participate in 'The Kid's Farmers' Market Program.at The Salvation Army Transitional Living Center in Ventura.
'The Kids' Farmers' Market Program', developed by FOODShare, is a hands-on approach to improving the long-term diets of children in Ventura County. A two-pronged approach, the program not only provides nutrition education, but also allows participants to take fresh produce home in order that they may put what they learn into practice.
What a great collaborative effort by four organizations helping homeless children, foster youth and homeless families every day in Ventura.
"I think FOODShare is a great organization. We are so pleased FOODShare is partnering with School on Wheels with their 'Kid's Farmers' Market Program.' Every month, they teach our homeless students about nutrition and creative recipes that they can then make for themselves. This is especially important at a time when so many children live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis" - Catherine Meek, Executive Director, School on Wheels
"At this time of the year it is important for the community to know how the different service organizations and nonprofit agencies are working together for the benefit of the most vulnerable members in our society. This is a great program for the kids and when School on Wheels asked if we would be willing to host the monthly class, we were only too happy to say yes. It is not only the kids and families that live here that benefit, School on Wheels invites students from group foster homes, motels and other shelters to join the fun." - Shelli Locklear, Operations Director, The Salvation Army Ventura
FOODShare works with 162 pantry partners throughout out Ventura County. Wonderful organizations like the Salvation Army work hard to ensure that our children do not go hungry here in Ventura county. FOODShare feeds 74,500 folks per month in Ventura county.
About School on Wheels
School on Wheels, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher. After reading Jonathan Kozol's Rachel and her Children, Agnes realized the extent of homelessness in the USA. She began tutoring homeless kids in a park in Santa Monica, encouraging them to stay in school and participate in school activities.
Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from getting the academic stability and help they desperately need. The heart of the School on Wheels' programs is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal - to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life.
School on Wheels is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has been hosting a series of events. In April they surprised students at their Skid Row Learning Center with a huge custom made cake. September saw the creation of a New World Record for the Longest Line of Backpacks. School on Wheels is a finalist in the Toyota 100 Cars For Good Program - Voting day, Saturday October 5th 2013
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