Thursday, October 27, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
2016 Fall Benefit Dinner a Huge Success!
"Food, What?!" celebrated our 10th year with an absolutely full house of wonderful new friends and steadfast supporters, including 36 alumni from the past decade of FoodWhat!
Over 300 community members including teachers, farmers, education leaders, elected officials, local businesses, FoodWhat alumni and supporters from all over Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area came together to celebrate FoodWhat at our annual Benefit Dinner on September 18th. We are still feeling the magic of that special night. We are humbled by the phenomenal youth that we partner with, and our FoodWhat community that make this work possible. We couldn't do it without you!
Thanks to the generosity of the FoodWhat Family, we successfully met our ambitious $50,000 fundraising goal and triggered $50,000 in matching funds from sponsors. That's $100,000 in funding for youth empowerment, leadership development, job training, health and nutrition, and food justice work in 2017!
We have so many people to thank for making the night such a success. Our deepest thanks to our Board of Directors and table captains who brought so many folks together to celebrate and support 10 years of FoodWhat! Huge props to the FoodWhat alumni and stellar volunteers who came out to help run the event smoothly. We are super grateful to our amazing chef partners for their talent and tireless work with the FoodWhat youth crew to prepare the meal:
Chefs Heidi Schlecht and Amy Padilla, Feel Good Foods
Chef Cesario Ruiz and My Mom's Mole
Chef Chris LaVeque and El Salchichero
Chef Damani Thomas, Oswald Restaurant
Chef Kendra Baker, Assembly Restaurant
Chef Fran Grayson, Steamer Lane Supply
Chefs Mario & Jessica Ballesteros, Ballesteros Catering
And many thanks to our sponsors and event partners without whom the Benefit Dinner would not be possible!
Together, we're ready for another big year.
Doron, Abby, Anna, Irene, David, Deonte, Nathan, and the entire FoodWhat Crew
PS: We hope to see you at the next Benefit Dinner in September 2017!
Thanks again to our generous sponsors!
Youth Power Champions
The David & Abigail Kaun Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Sustainable Future Supporters
Branwyn & Ken Wagman
Bobby Pelz & Lindsay Parker
The Stocker Family Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Health Youth Heroes
David Soares & Suz Howells
Job Preparedness Patrons
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Farm Systems (CASFS)Matt Farrar, Ignition Designs
Live Earth Farm
Live Earth Farm
Bon Appetit Management Company
Blue House Farm
Crystal Birns Photography
JBQAV - Quality Pro Audio
Reusable Bag Solutions
Pete Bell TV
Straus Family Creamery
Whale City Bakery
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Fall Jobs have begun at FoodWhat! We currently have 16 youth employed in various jobs, including Low-Income Farm Stands, Farm & Harvest Crew, Flower Business, Culinary/Catering Crew, Event Planners, and a school garden BLAST Crew!
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Thank you to everyone who came out to help and participate with FoodWhat?! for the 2016 Strawberry Blast Festival. It wouldn't have been this amazing if it wasn't for all of our partn
ers and youth! The Blast was planned and organized by two FoodWhat 2015 alumni, Manuel and Grace, who put on another bangin event. On Friday May 27th we welcomed 300 local high school and middle school students to the FoodWhat at the UCSC farm for a day of farm, health, and youth empowerment-based activities! The event gave youth the unique opportunity to trace a strawberry from field to plate and learned about how our local food system works! It also taught youth about food justice and real facts about the food we consume through a variety of workshops and hands-on activities, such as The Food Justice Wall, "What You Drink, What You Think", Fast Food Jeopardy, Trace Your Taco, and much more!! Students experienced how to grow their own food, harvested farm fresh organic strawberries, and dove into preparing and eating tasty healthy food like strawberry tarts and smoothies! It turned out to be such a fun and educational festival! Until next year!!
Fast Food Jeopardy
Watsonville Wetlands Watch
We started the day by each picking a few berries. Extra delicious when they are freshly picked.
Then we got to participate in a bunch of activities and stations.
|FoodWhat Jr Staff, Aaliyah led a workshop about|
processed sugar in popular beverages and how youth can exercise
their power by choosing what to spend their $$ on
|Participants engaged with fun STEM activities with MESA|
Fast Food Jeopardy
|FoodWhat Jr Staff Ollie and Shin dropped some fun (and gross) facts with Fast Food Jeopardy|
|FoodWhat Alum, Victoria taught people about |
guerrilla gardening by making Seed Bombs
|The Community Agroecology|
Network (CAN) led a workshop
about the benefits of Fair Trade
and direct market transactions
And the favorite... Strawberry smoothies!
|Many thanks to local farms Live Earth, |
Dirty Girl, UCSC
and Jacobs Farm for
providing extra berries for the event!
|Thanks to Straus Family Creamery|
for donating milk and yogurt --YUM!
Button Making with Subject to Change from the MAH
Trace your Taco:
|FoodWhat Alum, Uriel, led a workshop about food systems by|
examining all the ingredients in a Taco Bell taco
(above) students act out what its like for cows in a CAFO
(Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation)
|Organic vanilla yogurt, strawberries, |
whole wheat pie crust
Yep, a good day it was...