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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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!!

Previous Stories

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.