Story last updated at 10/16/2013 - 7:18 pm
The AEYC Child & Adult Care Food Program was awarded a Community Transformation grant of $20,000 through SEARHC to increase the amount of leafy greens young children eat. Greens are packed with nutrition that growing bodies need.
The grant launches a gardening program for family child care providers and Headstart programs in Juneau, Wrangell, and Haines. The project includes year round indoor "sprout farms" indoor grow labs, and summer backyard gardens, with participation in traditional foods harvesting and local community gardens as available.
This project is the second year of a four year plan to improve the health and nutrition of young children ages birth to five in Southeast Alaska. Partners on the project include Southeast Cooperative Extension, Juneau Public Health, Tlingit & Haida Headstart, Rural Cap, Gruening Park Family Learning Center, and Partnerships for Families and Children.
AEYC participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Meals are made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Anyone who believes they have been discriminated against should write immediately to the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964.
For more information about AEYC or the Child Care Food Program, please contact Nikki Morris, AEYC Child Nutrition Coordinator, 907-789-1767 or toll free 1-888-785-1235, www.aeyc-sea.org.