Veggie U - Help Us Grow
Veggie U is a non profit organization dedicated to improving children’s eating habits, one classroom at a time. The chefs, educators, and farmers who inspired the creation of Veggie U recognized that most children today have little to no association between what is on their plates and how that impacts their health. Our Earth to Table science curriculum helps make that vital connection by introducing children to sustainable agriculture practices with a seed-to-harvest-to-preparation-to-eating experience in an engaging, hands-on way that is easy for teachers to implement and interesting for students to learn.
Veggie U is not possible without community support from people like you.
There are a variety of ways you can participate in our important program.
Your support will enable us to take the message of nutrition and its benefits to children into classrooms across the country. The Veggie U kit costs $450 per classroom. Each kit arrives complete with a five-week curriculum including segments on soils, sustainability, and nutrition. Also included is an introductory Farmer Jones DVD, seeds, soil, grow lights, root view boxes, worm farm materials and a box of unique vegetables from The Chef’s Garden™ farm. [To see photos of the complete Earth to Table classroom kit, click here]. Children love our program because it’s a hands-on, engaging experience. They will remember what they learn for years to come. The result? Positive lifelong habits! With your help, we can reverse childhood disease, such as obesity and diabetes and make a profound difference for the next generation.
Veggie U continuously seeks the partnership of like-minded organizations that recognize the importance and value of providing a program like the Earth to Table science curriculum. In order to provide such a valuable experience to students, support from chefs, community members and corporations is needed. Becoming a Veggie U sponsor is a great opportunity for your business to impact children with lifelong lessons and to demonstrate your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
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To have a sponsorship brochure sent to your organization, please click here.
To meet some of our sponsors, click here.
Your tax-deductible donation will help pay the costs of assembling, packaging and placing the Veggie U Earth to Table™ science program in fourth-grade and special needs classrooms nationwide. Community support is essential to our mission. The children who participate in this unique learning opportunity are encouraged to build a healty future for themselves and their communities.
For more information on individual sponsorships: click here.
Become a Volunteer
Interested in donating your time? Become a Veggie U volunteer!
We have been very fortunate to develop a fantastic roster of volunteers. From students to CEOs, from gardeners to grandparents, there are numerous ways to volunteer your time to help change children's eating habits, one classroom at a time.
To complete a Volunteer form, click here
Remember the phrase "It takes a village"? Veggie U recognizes that educating children about sustainable agriculture and making wise food choices must involve the whole community for it to have positive life-long effects. That's why we encourage schools to enlist the support of parent organizations (i.e. PTAs, PTOs, etc.), parents, grandparents, local businesses, garden clubs and more to get involved in supporting this vital program. If your school does not have an active parent organization, or it you are looking for more ideas to help fund the Veggie U program in your school, please contact us at (419) 499-7500
Veggie U was inspired by a group of chefs who realized the that there was both a need to improve children's eating habits and a unique opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation. As a chef, you can make a profound difference in children's lives by hosting a fundraiser at your restaurant, adopting a classroom or school in your neighborhood, or donating your talents to our cause click here.