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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my favorite memories is watching the kids sell their produce at their farmers marKIDS stand and getting so excited. We asked one student what his favorite vegetable was, and he responded looking at his pricing chart, "I like swiss chard, but mustard greens are very good -- they add a little peppery spice and are really good in spaghetti."

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recipe for Success Foundation is addressing the huge issue of health and obesity in our nation with a fun and effective preventative solution. After only 7 years, 20,000 children have been reached and it is now expanding nationally-- I think the scope and rapid growth of this organization speaks for itself

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Absolutely love Recipe for Success and the Seed to Plate program they offer at one of our elementary schools. Fantastic teachers who are great with the kids. Love the iron chef competition at the end of the year! So much fun!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rodriguez Elementary loves R4Success! Their "seed to plate" curriculum has truly enriched our school curriculum. Our students have learned to appreciate the art of gardening, cooking and eating. Our staff and parents have also learned about making healthy choices at home. We are proud and honored to have such wonderful partners who share our commitment to building healthy children through a "hands on" approach.