Need a great excuse to eat out this month? Why not give while you dine. For the month of June, select Vancouver restaurants will be adding one dollar to the price of a menu item to support Growing Chefs’ Eat. Give. Grow fundraiser.
Founded in 2005 by professional pastry chef Merri Schwartz, Growing Chefs is dedicated to teaching kids about growing and preparing their own nutritious food in an urban environment. The program connects chefs and growers to children through classroom-based programs that involve the planting of windowsill gardens. These gardens are used to teach the young participants about the food they eat while inspiring them with the idea that they can grow their own food – even in the city. To date more than 2,000 children have benefitted from Growing Chefs.
Participating restaurants will offer a specially marked item on their menu, simply, order it and the restaurant puts a Loonie in the kitty for Growing Chefs. Last year those individual Loonies added up to almost $7,000 that went to funding Growing Chefs’ school-based programs throughout Metro Vancouver.
What can a Loonie buy? It can buy a packet of bean seeds, a jiffy growing pot, a trowel or a plant tray. It can also buy a child the knowledge and ability to grow his or her own food for the rest of their life … and that’s priceless.
(A version of this article first appeared on Jay Minter’s On The List on June 5, 2012).