Many Americans are confused about what to eat, where to buy it, and how to prepare it. Our food culture—the wisdom and cooking skills handed down from generation to generation—is under assault by highly processed food and our growing reliance on institutions to provide it. The erosion of our food culture not only makes us sick, it also denies us the comfort, the joy of discovery, and the sense of belonging that a food culture provides.
Too many children, and oftentimes their parents, don’t know how good real food tastes. The Good Food Project directly addresses this issue by bringing real food, with its incomparable flavors, into Chicago-area classrooms, after-school programs, and summer camps for children and teens to taste and explore.
In our six years of operation, the Good Food Project has conducted tastings for more than 18,000 kids in schools, after school programs, and summer camps. Our interactive food tastings incorporate language arts, social studies, science, and health into the lessons, while kids taste a variety of apples, citrus, avocado and vegetables, or Michigan summer fruits. We do our best to provide scholarships so that schools that do not have discretionary funding can receive tastings free of charge.