Food Corps at work in Winston County

From staff and press reports

The Louisville Municipal School District and Winston County Headstart have joined forces with FoodCorps to help grow healthier students, one fruit and vegetable at a time.

Two FoodCorps volunteers recently help students the schools and HeadStart plant a garden.

FoodCorps is an organization working to teach kids about what healthy food is, where it comes from, and working to place locally grown products on students’ plates. April Divine works with FoodCorps, and wants fresh food from the schools gardens to make the short trip to the cafeterias.

Divine and her fellow volunteer Robert Antonello aim to use the gardens as a teaching tool and for an approach for the children to learn health eating.

The two FoodCorp members hope the students gain an appreciation for the food they eat after working to grow the items. The two FoodCorp members plan to also use the gardens to enhance the children’s learning in each of the school subjects as it pertains to gardens.

The two FoodCorp members in addition to the schools has also partnered with the Winston County Self Help in setting up the two gardens at Fair Elementary, a garden at the Winston County Headstart and to work with the 4-H group at the community garden near Eiland Middle School.

Devine and Antonello were recently at the Headstart to help the students get a head start on their fall planting.

FoodCorp is a national nonprofit group and is funded through private sector donations from Whole Foods and the Kellogg Foundation. The program started last year and is now in 12 states. This is the first year in Winston County.

FoodCorps aims to “Help us encourage our youth toward healthy, homegrown foods.”