Promoting the use of local produce and healthy eating behavior in Austin city schools

The prevalence of childhood obesity in Texas is increasing rapidly and is more severe than in other states. Texas' children are 50 percent more likely to be obese than the average child in the United States; 33 percent of children ages two through five living in poor communities are clinically obese; and these rates are higher if these children are also African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American. This grant to the Sustainable Food Center provides funding for the Sprouting Healthy Kids project. Sprouting Healthy Kids is a food security initiative that increases the quantity of local farm produce procured and prepared by cafeteria staff by coordinating the activities of 60 Austin, Texas-area farmers and school administrators. The project also includes a youth gardening program, nutrition education, and peer-to-peer nutrition demonstrations to elevate students' fresh produce consumption. Sprouting Healthy Kids is developed for five Austin schools where 75 percent of the students are African American or Latino living in lower-income communities. Project deliverables include the development and distribution of the implementation plan for other schools and districts, a feature article for mainstream media, a project report to be distributed through the Community Food Security Coalition and a policy brief for circulation by the Center for Public Policy Priorities Public Benefits: Food/Nutrition program.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $265,944.00

Awarded on: 11/29/2006

Time frame: 12/15/2006 - 12/14/2009

Grant Number: 57334


Sustainable Food Center

1106 Clayton Lane, 480 West
Austin, 78723-2491


Ronda Rutledge
Project Director