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Recipe For Success Foundation

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Causes: Education, Food, Nutrition, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The mission of the Recipe for Success Foundation is to combat childhood obesity and encourage long-term health by altering the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food.

Results: We are recording a 30% increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and parents are reporting a reduced resistance to trying new healthy foods.

Target demographics: Children under 11, their families and communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3200 children

Programs: our signature Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ curriculum. The largest program of its kind, RFS has reached over 30,000 children with an integrated schedule of classes in the garden and kitchen. We have documented: significant improvements in nutrition knowledge, increases in consumption of fruits and vegetables, and a greater willingness to try new fruits and vegetables. In 2010, RFS was asked by the current administration to bring our programs to national scale prompting the development of Affiliate Partnerships which launched in 2012. Our kid's cookbook, Eat It! Food Adventures was released in 2012 and has since won eleven national publishing awards. We created the VegOut! Challenge to support efforts of families and individuals to eat healthier with our 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge - a year-round advocacy promo for eating new vegetables which culminates every March. More about our programs: recipe4success.org

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

R4S is leading the way in combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and by helping the community provide healthier diets for our kids.

Involving schools with Programs like Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™and Other initiatives, like the VegOut! Challenge, Farmers MarKIDS, Hope Farms and Eat It! Food Adventures, promote a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated and celebrated in Houston and nationwide.

Sounds like a Recipe for Success!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My volunteer experience with Hope Farms, the food production arm of Recipe 4 Success, has so far exceeded my expectations due to the wonderful folks such as Gracie, Justin and the wonderful staff and volunteers. They create a welcoming environment of creativity and passion for the role of healthy food choices in an environment of rampant obesity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can think of few nonprofit organizations that I have hands-on experience that are as impactful and as dynamic as RFS! From its work with students in low income schools to growing organic vegetables at Hope Farm to its high profile fundraisers across the city, RFS moves at a dizzying pace! Led by Gracie Cavnar, the RFS team is incredibly busy helping spread the gospel of healthy eating and advocating healthy living.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering in schools with this organization almost from the beginning (and recently joined the board). Time and again, I have seen with my own eyes how third- and fourth graders are transformed by the experience of being taught about healthy foods. They become accustomed to eating more fruits and vegetables, and they acquire the knowledge to help them make healthier food choices for life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent model and implementation. This nonprofit has done a wonderful job in the Sunnyside area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

RFS is truly making a difference in Houston and the United Sates with their amazing seed to plate educational programs and now with Hope Farms, they will directly impact those who live in areas where access to fresh fruits and vegetables are limited. Their hard-working team is truly dedicated to the cause, and I know that any money I donate is leveraged and used to the upmost, and my volunteer time is always well-spent and fulfilling.

Gracie C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Recipe for Success team is mission motivated and it permeates their work, maximizing philanthropic investment to achieve maximum impact. Every day they move the needle: changing the way kids understand and eat their food, training veterans to be farmers, growing affordable produce in an urban food desert, and making healthy eating deliciously fun for everyone. They win hearts and minds, inspiring us all to make healthier eating decisions and empowering us to back them up with lifeskill like cooking and gardening.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success is helping Houston fight childhood obesity. Their programs not only reiterate important messages regarding healthy food selection, but they also teach children to be interested in where, how and when their food gets to them. Understanding the story of how food arrives seed-to-plate cultivates an appreciation and constant craving for what is fresh and good. When kids make better food choices, their families do too.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Through hands-on experiential education in the garden and culinary classrooms, students create a deep relationship with food and begin building the foundation of a lifetime of health. By making healthy food fun, students' are empowered with a knowledge and awareness of where food comes from and the skills to grow and cook their own. Learning, thinking and true human knowledge is ignited outside the bounds of a normal classroom and students' lives are activated by making fresh fruits and vegetables the "normal" in their daily life.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Recipe for Success has been a great program for our students. Introducing them to the entire process of taking seeds al the way to their plates. Students are trying different foods they wouldn't typically taste because they planted the actually seeds.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I absolutely love seeing the children gain new knowledge and skills that will help them make better and healthier choices with food. I love their excitement and energy in trying things out for the first time. but most importantly how they change their minds about a certain food and their excitement to share it with their family. Please keep on supporting this Great Non-Profit organization, Recipe for Success is Amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy volunteering with RFS. There are so many different volunteer opportunities and you can do a little or a lot. I've especially enjoyed working with the kids in the classroom. You really get to see firsthand the success of RFS mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Recipe4Success has been tremendous in providing our school all the support we need to maneuver through the program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a volunteer with Recipe for Success Foundation. The staff is well organized and keeps in constant contact with volunteers regarding ongoing opportunities. A beautiful monthly e-magazine is sent that keeps volunteers and other stakeholders abreast of the goings on within the organization. Recipe for Success Foundation is a place where you can really see the impact that the program has on the children. Things are only getting more exciting as Hope Farms is getting closer to fruition!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success provides many resources for teachers and students to learn about healthy foods and gardening.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success is an amazing program for our students! They help teach our students all about healthy food choices, cooking, gardening. Our students get little to no exposure when it comes to choosing healthy foods, gardening, and cooking, and they absolutely love getting to participate in RFS. This program is helping change our students mind set about eating natural foods, and continue to bring necessary awareness to our parents.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recipe for success does a wonderful job teaching and exposing children to healthy and delicious foods. By growing gardens and then using some of that food in recipes, they spark children's interest and help them develop a desire to eat healthier foods.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success helps children learn, in a hands on way, about plants, gardening, nutrition, and geography. Volunteering has allowed me to see first hand the positive impact this has with elementary kids. I get to volunteer with Emily Paul. Her enthusiasm and caring way, motivates children to want to learn, try new experiences, and ask questions. It is a terrific program that is worthwhile for a lifetime!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student at the University of Houston and an intern for Recipe for Success. I absolutely love their foundation and mission. After seeing first hand how their foundation impacts children every single day, I could not be more proud to be apart of an organization that has such a positive influence in children's lives. Not only are children taught about fruits and vegetables, they play an hands-on role in planting, harvesting and making healthy, kid and adult-friendly recipes. The children are always so excited to come to the class and learn about new foods!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the website to orientation to execution the Recipe For Success organization is an asset to the Houston community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recipe for success serves a vital role in the education of our children. Many of the children have no idea where their food comes from, what a particular vegetable or fruit is called, what nutrition is all about, how to eat a healthy diet, how to grow, harvest and prepare their own food and much more that is gained by exposure to the wonderful teachers trained by Recipe for Success. Teachers are committed to the education process in an ever growing number of schools. They enjoy what they do, and this positive attitude is contageous in the classroom. I can't say enough wonderful things about the organization and the people who make it happen. They are truly giving a gift to the community in all that they do.