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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As board member, I am honored to be a part of this worthwhile cause. Gracie Cavnar and her team works tirelessly to promote ways to combat childhood obesity by teaching children (and their parents) healthy eating options. My job as a board member is to ensure the organization has the right mechanisms to achieve those goals. If you feel strongly about helping children or promoting a healthy lifestyle, please check out recipe4success.org and get involved.
Review from Guidestar
Wells Fargo enjoys a great relationship with Gracie and RFS and when we heard about the plans for Hope Farms, we knew that we wanted to play a significant role in helping to solve the issue of food accessibility. I'm also a proud board member of RFS and support and believe in its mission.
Gracie Cavnar is a dynamo and we have confidence that Hope Farms will not only provide healthy food to Houston families but also educate people—and this is something that Recipe for Success Foundation has proven to do so well over the years.
We’re also excited about the idea of Hope Farms creating jobs, particularly for veterans, as this is a segment of the population that we’re trying to support.
Congratulations and thank you to Recipe for Success Foundation for all that you do to help our communities and area families thrive.
Review from Guidestar
I recently joined the Board of Recipe for Success. I was introduced to RFS through another charitable organization that I am associated with, that supports small, but growing, local charities focused on helping children. From my first encounter, I knew that RFS had created a unique model that could have a dramatically positive impact on children. Two of my passions are preventative healthcare and education - both of which are the focus of RFS. I believe through my experience that nutrition is the most critical component of holistically focused healthcare, and is often not give appropriate attention. Proper nutrition can dramatically improve lives - not just through the reduction of disease and illness, but also in less obvious ways like producing higher energy levels, greater attention in school and work, etc. Providing children with both the understanding of proper nutrition, and also (critically) the tools to take action to improve their lives through gardening, cooking, and making the right dietary decisions, is what makes RFS such an impactful organization.
RFS provides a unique opportunity for disadvantaged youth to learn about gardening and cooking with hands on experience with some of the top chefs in Houston. The program is staffed with exceptional foodies who love introducing students to a healthy appreciation of growing, harvesting and preparing nutritious food. There is nothing like it in our area. It is very cool to see young kids who've turned up their noses at green vegetables to get excited about eating their own cooked broccoli. The program is so important to this population who have a steady diet of fast food. The founder is a brilliant marketer who has established a strong support base of people who are concerned about childhood obesity and the value of teaching children to live more healthy lives.
I am a Board Member and Volunteer for this amazing organization that is truly making a difference in the way children, their parents and community understand food and nutrition. By teaching basic nutrition, cooking, and gardening, this program is making a lifelong difference for people who live in communities who may not have access or understand the mental and physical benefits of good nutrition.
I love helping in the fourth grade classrooms as kids learn how to make a salad from plants they have grown in their school garden. Recipe for Success does not stop there though, as they teach kids how to use manners at the table, how to budget for food shopping, how the body needs vitamins and minerals. They have writing contests for the children. There is math, literature and science along with a happy kid with a full belly. What more can you ask for?
RFS is a very serious cause and is all about science, nutrition and facts.... and yet, it is so much more! Some might doubt RFS's seriousness because it concerns itself with something we all tend to take for granted...our habits around the food we eat. Yet, our collective habits and psychology around food and nutrition have gone awry and our nation and, especially our young people, face catastrophic consequences if healthy choices aren't made quickly.
The impact of this great organization is hard to convey in words. With a generation of young kids at greater risk for health problems early on due to eating habits, the need for this foundation is priceless to our community at large. This organization fills a void in our society. This void is the lack of knowledge that our children receive about food in general. Basic information reagrding where food comes from and how it can be prepared is what this organization provides for children. All children should be aware of the importance of eating healthy and essentially this is what this organizaiton provides.