Community programs recognized for battle against hunger through education
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) recognized two local programs for their fight against hunger by nominating them for a prestigious national award. The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Network for a Healthy California Garden and Cooking Program and People United for a Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO) were both nominated for the national Victory Against Hunger Award.
The Congressional Hunger Center, a bi-partisan anti-hunger training organization, presents the award annually to programs that battle hunger and work to improve a community’s health through education and hands on experiences.
BUSD and PUEBLO were both nominated by Congresswoman Lee in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the ongoing fight against hunger. “It is always a great pleasure to acknowledge the hardworking organizations and agencies in my Congressional District,” Lee said. “I am particularly happy to nominate these two groups for their fine work in addressing hunger in our communities.”
BUSD?s Network for a Healthy California Garden and Cooking Program provides hands-on gardening and cooking-based nutrition education classes to 14 schools throughout the system. The program empowers students to make choices that have a positive influence in their health, families and communities.
“The program has spent the past decade cultivating a vision for children?s health, well-being and academic achievement that emphasizes the relationships between food, diet, physical activity, health and the environment,” Congresswoman Lee said of BUSD’s program. “It demonstrates the spirit and commitment of the people of our community and exemplifies how to truly think globally in addressing the fight against hunger while passionately acting locally.”
PUEBLO together with its companion program -Youth of Oakland United (YOU) – has spent almost two decades dedicated to grassroots social change. Recently, PUEBLO and YOU have developed the Urban Youth Harvest, a summer program that employs local youth to harvest fruit from Oakland properties and make it available to low-income senior citizens. Urban Youth Harvest also provides teens with health education and training in research leadership and community organizing.
?In its infancy and with only a shoestring budget, this program has had truly amazing results,? Congresswoman Lee said. ?Urban Youth Harvest has inspired youth to fully engage in their community and provide our seniors on fixed incomes with healthy and secure produce. This is so important, especially in a time of rising food costs.?
The Congressional Hunger Center will announce the award winners in August.