"Charging well-off patrons more allows St. Louis’ MetroMarket to sell groceries to the most food insecure at cost.
“'We’re treating food like medicine because it very much is,' said Jeremy Goss, a Saint Louis University medical student and one of the founders of MetroMarket, along with Washington University graduates Colin Dowling and Tej Azad.
"There’s often the perception that the highly food insecure should settle for eating lower-quality food than those with means—think of the cupboard fruit-cocktail castoff donated to the local food pantry. But no one’s confusing government cheese with aged Irish cheddar. By operating on a sliding pay scale in areas of varying need, MetroMarket is making a quiet but powerful statement with its model: Everyone deserves to eat great food."
Written by Sarah McColl for TakePart. Read the full article here.
Freedman says that he spoke to immigrants in Lynn elementary schools, just outside Boston; Some students there were concerned that their lunch menus were nothing like what they ate at home.
“I saw that it was exceptionally rare to find schools including food on the menu that reflected the demographics of their student body,” Freedman says.
“I created this guide for food service staff and school food advocates to begin thinking about how to build more foods into their menus that reflected the lived experience of the students eating it,” says Freedman, adding that it’s also about making schools healthier and introducing foods in a way that all students can embrace.
Tam says it’s not just about the food, though. Seeing a range of types of cuisines also helps develop respect for diversity.
Written by Marcelle Hutchins for PRI's The World. Read the full article here.
"Probably. But you didn't learn how to chop chives in elementary school.
"Reading, math, science, history, social studies—a cooking class covers it all.
“'It’s learning, but in a way that’s very different than what kids are used to,' said Jeannie Fournier, director of nutrition and health education for the Food Bank for New York City. 'It’s not about testing. It’s not about their scores.'”
Written by Janey Rausa Fuller for Epicurious. Read the full article here.
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“When we see healthier eating, we see more disease prevention and less hospital stays, which means less money spent on healthcare,” says Leah Sarris, chef and program director of The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, where medical students are learning to cook to better advise the health of their patients. By getting them to approach food preparation with ease and awareness, this next generation of doctors is striving to provide building blocks for long-term health management.
Students also teach free cooking classes to the public. Because medical students are being trained to prescribe healthy eating to their patients, Sarris says, the community classes are essential to their learning.
“The hands-on component gets people to talk about food instead of nutrients. Food is something that unites us and we can all understand,” Sarris says.
Written by Jasleena Grewal for YES! Magazine. Read the full article here.
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