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Thank You, Whole Foods!

July 6, 2016

In the 2015/16 school year Growing Chefs! created our Adopt-a-Classroom program that allows supporters to directly fund the entire cost of one or more classroom. This way of support allowed us to connect them directly to a class and see the difference their gift truly makes. Whole Foods has supported Growing Chefs! over the years in a number of  ways, including their 5% Day, and were the first to commit to adopting classrooms for our spring 2016 program. This year they sponsored Mount Pleasant Elementary in East Vancouver where they generously chose to support two classes. We want to thank them for their continued commitment to our program and helping to create life-long healthy eaters!

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Grant & Kristen of Whole Foods visit Mount Pleasant Elementary

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Whole Foods and why Whole Foods wanted to get involved with Growing Chefs!.

My name is Grant Daisley and I am the Associate Marketing Coordinator for Whole Foods Market in Western Canada.  I began working for Whole Foods Market in 2012, and I’m thrilled to share my passion for local, natural food.

Whole Foods Market is a company that believes in making a difference in every community where we do business.   We have three non profit foundations that are part of Whole Foods Market.  Of the three, the Whole Kids Foundation allows us to offer grants in three areas: school and community garden grants, salad bars, and healthy eating education training for teachers.  Growing Chefs! is such a great compliment to these areas!

Why do you think a program like Growing Chefs! is important in a community like Vancouver?

Food is a vital part of our lives, and educating kids at a young age about where food comes from, the work involved in producing it, and what to do with it once it’s harvested, sets the stage for a positive relationship with food and the environment.

Why do you personally choose to support Growing Chefs!?

I grew up pulling carrots from the ground and eating them – it’s a taste that I can remember like it was yesterday – and it’s an experience that every child should have, however, not everyone will.

Why do you think it’s important for kids to learn about growing and cooking their own food?

Two reasons:  First, the more that kids understand food; where it comes from, how to prepare it, different options, etc, the more likely they are to try new things.  Second, food isn’t just about sustenance, it can be a journey into new cultures and traditions, an experiment in the kitchen, or something that brings different people together.

What stands out to you the most about the program?

I love that Growing Chefs!’ partners with the chef community, which makes the impact twofold – Kids get the education, and the volunteers get to make a difference in their local schools and communities

What’s your favourite vegetables to grow, cook, and/or eat?

It’s always been Snaps Peas.

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