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High School girls learn about nutrition, explore food-based career options

High School girls learn about nutrition, explore food-based career options

sow what foodDuring the Spring 2014 semester, Girl Scouts Louisiana East implemented a Sow What series at John Ehret High School in Marrero, thanks to a generous grant from Winn-Dixie.  New Senior Girl Scouts explored nutrition, agriculture, and various food-based career options with the help of volunteer leaders from the school-based health center.  Sessions took place during lunchtime and throughout the program, girls were asked to taste at least one thing per session that they had never tasted before.  Opportunities included a chance to learn about careers of food experts from the local community, a visit from a dietitian, a chance to make homemade pizza with a professional chef, and a guest speaker from Second Harvest Food Bank.

Sow What group

Ehret Girl Scouts with food experts Alyssa Denny from Hollygrove Market & Farm, Mary Sunmoni from Café Hope, and Dr. Robinson from Ehret High’s Health Center

Girls who had participated in several sessions were invited to attend a concluding field trip to Café Hope, a youth employment program that runs a farm-to-table restaurant.  The field trip also included a scavenger hunt at Winn-Dixie, where girls priced out various items they had tasted throughout the program in comparison to things they would have chosen for lunch in the past.  Spoiler alert – brand name ice cream will break the bank, but fruit is pretty affordable!  We look forward to working with other Sow What host sites in Fall 2014 – please contact Elsa Sackett at 504-908-3736 if you know of a high school that would like to participate!


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