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Giving Tuesday: Give the Gift of Healthy Eating!

December 1, 2014

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Days like Black Tuesday and Cyber Monday are the largest consumer shopping days of the year, marking the beginning of holiday shopping season. Giving Tuesday is a global movement created to remind us that the holidays are about giving. Giving to our friends, families, and communities through donating, volunteering, and supporting charities.

First of all, we have to say how much we appreciate the support that the community keeps sending our way not just today but throughout the year!

It’s hard to believe, but as we head into the holiday season we’re coming up on our tenth year in the classroom. We have big plans. Last year, we were in 34 classrooms across the province. This year, our goal is 42 classes. We want to give more than 1200 students the opportunity to learn first hand where their food comes from and get them excited about eating healthy. That’s a big jump for us!

We can do it, especially with your help. Please consider donating today.

We want to share with you an excerpt from a letter we recently received from a grade four student.

“I only liked meat and I hated vegetables, but Growing Chefs! made cool and creative ways to have vegetables and make it taste good. Now not only [do] I like meat, I like vegetables too.”
—Harry, Gr. 4 student
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Help us raise $30,400 to inspire more kids like Harry.

We love getting feedback like this from our students. We see examples like Harry all the time—kids that have no interest in healthy food or eating vegetables that become kale crusaders by end the of the Growing Chefs! program.

It’s an inspiring reminder that the hands-on growing and cooking lessons that our volunteer chefs do with our students has a direct impact on the students’ health. Getting their hands in the soil, caring for the plants, harvesting their vegetables, cooking their own meals—it gets kids thinking about the food they eat and how their food choices affects their health, their community, and the environment.

It costs us $3,800 per classroom to run the program. This covers all the cooking equipment, gardening materials, transportation, staff time and volunteer training and resources we need to deliver our seven hands-on lessons to the kids. Our goal, to increase the program by eight classrooms, will cost us $30,400.

We need your help to reach this goal. Help us raise the $30,400 to inspire more kids like Harry.

Here are four ways you can help out:

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  1. Join our Champion Radish Club and help us create life long healthy eaters.Becoming a monthly donor means providing a consistent, reliable, and predictable source of funding. This is an exciting new program for us. Join as a founding member and become part of Growing Chefs! history. Even a gift of $5 a month can make a difference.What your monthly donation will do:
    $10/mo – pays for the entire program for one student (That’s right—just ten bucks a month pays for the whole program for one student.)$20/mo – covers one volunteer training session$125/mo –buys gardening and cooking equipment for one classroom$315/mo – pays for the Classroom Gardening and Cooking program for one entire classroom

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  1. Give a Single Gift.
    Not ready to commit to monthly giving? Choose a single gift from our Menu of Giving.

Appetizers
Soil for a classroom $25
Classroom manual for volunteers $30

Mains
Portable stoves for a classroom $75
Entire program for one student $125
Volunteer training session $250

Dessert
One classroom kit $1500
Gardening and Cooking Program for one classroom $3800

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  1. Give the gift of healthy eating.

Not sure what to get friends and loved ones this holiday? Consider giving an In-Honour gift to Growing Chefs! On our Canada Helps page, you can make a gift in honour of a friend or family member. It will let you set up an e-card notifying them of your thoughtful donation on their behalf.

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  1. Give the gift of wine.
    La Stella and Le Vieux Pin wineries are kindly donating 15% of sales from their beautiful gift packs this holiday season. Order online at La Stella or Le Vieux Pin orcontact Michelle. Be sure to mention Growing Chefs! to Michelle or in the comments section for online orders.

We know there are lots of choices this time of year, and we would be honoured if you would consider supporting us. If you have any questions about our plans in 2015, or donating toGrowing Chefs!, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Monthly, single and in-honour donations can be made on our Canada Helps page. As a registered charity, we are able to issue tax receipts for these gifts.

Thank you!

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