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Thursday, November 15 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Implementing Food Literacy Programs in Real Time: Unpacking what happens on the ground - PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH

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The purpose of this session is to share learnings in the delivery of food literacy programming for children and youth, including enablers and barriers for success, sustainability, and impact. 

Growing Chefs! Headquarters - HQ Field Trips (Andrew Fleet)
HQ Field Trips provide a unique learning environment in which Grade 4-8 students can gain perspective and confidence in their place within a sustainable food system. Through fun, targeted activities, students gain hands-on experience with multiple components of a whole food system including growing, cooking, serving, and disposing of food products. The program is intended to foster critical thinking by challenging students to consider the impacts of their food choices on personal/community health, the natural environment, and global and local economies.

F2S: Ontario Digs In! -- Raising the Salad Bar (Shiba Anjum)
Farm to School: Canada Digs In! (F2SCDI) is a 3-year, evidence-based, multi-sectoral chronic disease prevention partnership led by Farm to Cafeteria Canada that is scaling up efforts to get healthy local foods into the minds, and onto the plates of students across Canada. A component of this initiative is to offer $10,000 Farm to School Salad Bar grants to schools in 5 provinces across the country. In Ontario the lead partner on this initiative is Sustain Ontario. Shiba will give an overview of the F2SCDI initiative and will share how food literacy is being integrated at Oakwood Public School, one of the 32 F2S program grantee schools in Ontario.

Food Literacy for Lunch (Susan Wright)
In Toronto, approximately 200,000 students are provided a healthy meal at school every day. At summerlunch+ we fill the gap in July and August by providing healthy, cooked-from-scratch meals to children in neighbourhoods who attend free summer camps. We teach food skills through daily lessons and hands-on food experiences, such as gardening, cooking with us in the kitchen and making DIY lunches. In this session we will introduce you to summerlunch+ and Olivia Cupido will talk about our Food Literacy Hub. In our first 3 years we delivered over 10,000 hours of food literacy education.

Teen2Chef: Development and Evaluation of a Food Skills Program for Adolescents (Mara Alexanian-Farr)
Improving food skills and nutrition literacy during adolescence may help prevent diet-related chronic disease in later life. In adults, adequate cooking skills predict better nutritional outcomes throughout the lifespan, including more frequent vegetable intake, food preparation, and family meals, and less frequent fast food consumption. Enhancing these skills during adolescence may lead to earlier adoption and utilization, with improved behaviour change. Therefore, a 10-week interactive Cooking and Food Skills program, Teen2Chef, was developed for 13-18 year olds in collaboration with dietitians from Canada’s children’s hospitals. This program will be evaluated for usability, content, participant knowledge, and behaviour change.

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Shiba Anjum

Farm to School Lead Coordinator, Oakwood Public School
Shiba is a community volunteer and is passionate about everything “food”. In 2016 her children’s school received a $10,000 Farm to School Salad bar grant through Farm to Cafeteria Canada’s Farm to School: Canada Digs In! project. Since then Shiba has coordinated the F2S Salad... Read More →
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Andrew Fleet

Executive Director, Growing Chefs
Andrew Fleet is an avid gardener and local food enthusiast.As the founder and Executive Director of Growing Chefs! Ontario Andrew has designed, implemented and coordinated several successful food education programs that have served thousands of children and youth in London and area.Andrew... Read More →
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Mara Alexanian-Farr MSc, RD

Clinical Dietitian and Project Coordinator, The Hospital for Sick Children
Mara Alexanian-Farr is a Registered Dietitian at the Hospital for Sick Children specializing in obesity management and failure to thrive. Mara is also a professional food stylist and recipe developer, previously working with television and print for the Marilyn Dennis Show and many... Read More →
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Susan Wright

Founder & Director, summerlunch+
Susan Wright worked in student nutrition for several years, as the Regional Director for Ontario at the Breakfast Club of Canada. She was consistently asked by parents, community groups and students themselves for support outside of the school days, and decided to launch summerlunch... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST