November’s Positive Change recipient is Midwest Food Connection (MFC), a local nonprofit that inspires and empowers young school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. Founded in 1993 by Mississippi Market and Wedge Community Co-op as a community outreach initiative, MFC educates children about natural foods. Since then, the initiative has grown and flourished as a non-profit. MFC creates elementary school lessons specifically for kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades. Each year, they partner with over 50 schools in the Twin Cities metro, reaching over 6,700 children with classroom lessons.
MFC’s educators teach students about healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and cultural cuisines. Their interactive curriculum focuses on:
- Providing children with opportunities to study and taste natural and organic foods.
- Creating an understanding in children of the origins and traditions of regionally-produced foods.
- Teaching children about the methods and benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture.
- Organizing and leading field trips to local diversified farms.
Midwest Food Connection and Mississippi Market have partnered for over 20 years to bring educational adventures in food, cooking, and gardening to St. Paul students. MFC currently teaches over 1,400 students annually at 14 St. Paul schools. November Positive Change donations will support MFC’s educational programming in St. Paul schools, supporting several in each Mississippi Market neighborhood, including: