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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Really nice folks. They listen and are as good asking why not rather tham just why.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing program. I look forward to being more involved in 2016.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Love the message for the kids and hope it's making a difference when they go home!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about this organization. Not only do they have a team of incredible individuals but they have done so much good in the community around them. The people who work here truly care for children and their future. Teaching kids how to cook for themselves, know where their food come from and lead healthier lives. This foundation is also involved in changing public policy to encourage a healthier environment for children to grow up in. I only interned here for a short time but I was truly sad to leave when my rotation was complete.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is amazing non profit that fights childhood obesity and is winning. Starting in Houston it has now gone national with all its programs. The new program, Hope farms not only helps bring fresh vegetables to food deserts but teaches veterans how to farm.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization does great work to fight childhood obesity and educate children about healthy eating. It has detailed tools to help teachers fit the organization's materials into their teaching curriculum.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success engages kids in the whole life-cycle of food and gets them EXCITED about fruits and veggies. It's amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success Foundation is a wonderful organization that aims to connect students in elementary and middle school with the cycle of food from Seed to Plate. Not only do students get to work outside in the garden, but they take their fresh produce and create a recipe of their teacher's choosing. Garden pesto pizzas, homemade hummus, and pasta from scratch -the kids love it! Their staff works hard to ensure teachers and partners have all the resources they need. From newsletters to common-core aligned lessons and training calls, the team ensures all partners are well connected.

Overall, had a great experience!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I can not say enough wonderful things. The team works so hard to live the mission- and to see the kids gardening and understanding and appreciating food is a joy. RFS is truly working to make a difference in the way children understand and appreciate food and it doesn't stop there! They're growing nationally with the awesome VegOut! Initiative- encouraging participants to eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days. Hope Farms- an awesome urban farming project in Houston. And they continue to develop their seed to plate curriculum to offer the most up to date lesson plans for children. Even if I didn't work here, I would volunteer here!

Gabie C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization! I love what they're doing to change the way kids eat and think about food. I enjoyed my time working with such a talented, smart, fun group. I'm excited to see the new Veg!Out app is up and running. I've been using it myself and am having so much fun tracking my veggies! If you're looking to be a part of a charity organization and making a difference by either volunteering, donating, advising, partnering, etc. then please give Recipe for Success a call.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success is changing the way kids eat and view fruits and veggies. I met with the children in the garden and saw how excited they were to talk about the vegetables they've grown and harvested on their own. It is so nice to see and hear how they talk about a radish or a big green mustard green leaf. The work Recipe for Success is doing is making a different on our community and changing the way these kids will think about food for the rest of their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involved with RFS for the past three years. My Store Managers have been involved with the children with their projects at school and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. When the children and their parents come into the Store they can identify with the Store Manager and tell their parents about the Managers involvement at school. PRICELESS!!! Thank You RFS for teaching our children.
PMC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interning with RFS, and to say it was a wonderful experience would be an understatement! I was able to visit several schools and assist with the gardening, nutrition, and cooking classes. One of the highlights was seeing the kids faces after they tried a new vegetable freshly picked from their garden. They even had fun with the kale. (Apparently it turns your tongue green when you eat it!) Many children said they have encouraged their families to buy the produce at the grocery store after they tried it in an RFS class. This shows how pivotal this program truly is. RFS is not only reaching countless children, but also their families; therefore, it is supporting a healthier community.

Sandrashafer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined RFS a few years back with the interest of donating my time to charity where my chef's expertise will be an added asset for the group. Little did I know that the winner was going to be me and my family. Working with the students at the different schools has brought so much joy to our life, we also have enjoyed working with the teachers and other volunteers, to the extend that they are part of our life today. The concept is brilliant, we touch children's every day of every school year in all participating schools, the teachers and volunteers have this amazing gift to share their time with students while teaching healthy eating habits and living it themselves, as most of them are true lovers of real food. I thank my Texas lucky stars every day for my friends at RFS!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Chef volunteer, RFS has been the vehicle to stay connected with children and families that need support and education regarding Healthy life changes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success is such an awesome thing to have in and around Houston, and I just found out that they've gone national?! My nieces and nephews are a part of HISD, and they have told me so much about this organization and all the good that they bring to these children. I'm so happy that we can embrace a healthier lifestyle together as a family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most compelling experience is to see the light go on in a child's eye's when she discovers that she really loves the flavor of a new food, or has managed to create a taste combination that excites her, or shares her excitement over newly harvested kale or peas. To see the progress after an academic year: children gobbling up plates of vegetables that they warily avoided just months before; competing with each other for who can make the best dish to win their Iron Chef Challenge; seriously describing the importance of flavor combinations, a dishes' visual appeal and how to waft in the aroma of an herb to visitors; and excitedly sharing their discoveries with parents and grandparents. That's when you know that working with Recipe for Success Foundation, you are really helping to change lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success is a dynamic leader among organizations determined to combat childhood obesity. RFS is unique in its approach to educating children and the community alike. They promote healthy eating, but make it fun! Children are engaged in hands on gardening and cooking classes, to grow fruits and veggies then prepare meals from their harvests. The community at large is challenged to fill their plate with veggies during the month of March by participating in the 30 Ways in 30 Days VegOut Challenge. Recipe for Success is without a doubt making a profound difference in the lives of everyone who participates in their programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As soon as I started volunteering in Recipe for Success' Seed-to-Plate classrooms, I knew this was a different kind of program. Kids know what things like bok choy, mustard greens and umami are. They gobble up salad and slurp down gazpacho - cold soup of raw vegetables! - and beg for seconds and thirds. In the garden, they raise hands high to be the one to hold the watering can or harvest a batch of sweet potatoes or kale. They nibble on snap peas and broccoli flowers, freshly picked from their school garden. I would have LOVED to have a program like this as a child - I hope Recipe for Success continues to grow across Houston and beyond.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer with RFS for close to 1 year, after leaving a program that I had worked closely with that was very similar to RFS. I was thrilled to find RFS and become one of many who truly believe in what they are offering to our young students. I have worked with 2 faciliators and both have demonstrated their passion for nutritional eating and gardening. The students are always excited to participate and I'm always amazed at what they see when exploring their gardens. I'm enjoying learning alongside them as well as I'm not a gardener.

I'm looking forward to continuing and furthering my knowledge in both aspects, garden and nutrition.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since Recipe For Success Foundation was founded I have been an advocate of its mission and how the organization has expanded its reach not only throughout the greater Houston area, and but throughout the state and beyond carrying it's mission to combat childhood obesity and encouraging long-term health. Recipe For Success helps children understand nutrition, appreciate a healthy lifestyle, and eat nutritious food. RSF is succeeding and fulfilling its mission by educating and mobilizing the entire city to provide a healthier lifestyle for children and the surrounding community .