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UP Learning Garden Partners with the North Texas Food Bank!

 

In December, the UP Learning Garden made its first food donation from the school's community beds. In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, UP students were able to donate their first small harvest to Our Community Pantry. The harvest included broccoli, beets and kale. Since then, several other larger donations have been made including kale, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots.

 

Our Community Pantry operates in South Dallas in a high poverty area. Many of their customers face food insecurity and don't know where their next meal is coming from. The goal of the pantry is to provide healthy, free, food options for its clients. Our partnership dictates that at least 10% of our garden harvest be donated to Our Community Pantry.  UP is proud that Our Community Pantry’s shelves now hold produce from the UP Learning Garden!

 

First Garden to Table Days in the UP Cafeteria!

 

UP students had the opportunity to sample the bounty of the vegetables in the cafeteria's "Garden to Table" event Dec. 1-3. The cafeteria staff, UT Southwestern Dietetic Interns and HPISD Food Services Director Karen Jacobsen worked with UP garden volunteers Amy Bean and Libby Johnson to develop recipes to serve to students during lunch. Students sampled many delicious and healthy vegetables, including roasted broccoli, roasted brussels sprouts, garden carrots with tops, Super Hero Salad, Green Monster Soup, roasted cauliflower, and beet and carrot sticks with ranch dressing. 

 

The students gave the meals a big, green thumbs-up.