How it Began
EATS has become a key supporter in improving the health and well-being of students in the Park City community. The advocacy work we have done at the Park City School District (PCSD) level has created the space for big changes! In the 2018/19 school year, EATS supported the work in the PCSD kitchens to assist in transitioning from heat and serve to scratch-made meals. Our goal is to maintain a mutually beneficial and lasting partnership that will improve school food and enable our children to thrive.
EATS and Park City School District (PCSD)
EATS Park City has become both an advocate and resource for improving the health and well-being of children and their families the the greater Park City community and now even into eastern Summit County. The advocacy work we have done at the Park City School District (PCSD) level has created the space for big changes! In the 2018/19 school year, PCSD transitioned from heat and serve to scratch-made meals. Our goal is to develop a mutually beneficial and lasting partnership that will continue to improve school food and enable our children to thrive.
Community Education, Cooking Classes and Gardens!
EATS focus is always on empowering both our community’s children and their families. We do so by empowering them through Community Education like Family Cooking Classes, Community Taste Tests and collaborations.
Curious Cooks: Afterschool provides an empowering blend of nutritious food to students as well as the additional impact of showing them where food comes from, and how to prepare it. This essential education is critical. Through EATS’ interactive cooking class program students, children and their families are challenged to mix and match new flavors like adding spicy arugula leaves to their watermelon salad. Curious Cooks: Afterschool puts the fun into nutrition, builds excitement around food, and empowers students to take ownership over their eating habits. This program currently runs in the PCSD after school program for grades K-5 where more than 300 students are enrolled with 50% receiving scholarships. In addition to Curious Cooks: Afterschool, EATS also has Curious Cooks: Community in development to expand community classes for nontraditional students as well as date night classes.
Curious Cooks: Afterschool in upper school, grades 6-9, the students are given the freedom to learn through experimentation while ensuring they have the resources to be successful. We regularly bring in community members (professional chefs, Olympians) to further expand the students’ nutrition and culinary interests.
EATS also supports teachers by providing resources, expertise, and funding opportunities for indoor hydroponic tower gardens, outdoor gardens, and greenhouses. These spaces are used to teach a variety of academic subjects (math, science, engineering), life skills, and a connection to where food originates.
EATS’ programs empower children and their families to hone these skills into adulthood. The full circle approach we provide encourages sustainability. If each student, child and their family is properly nourished, knows how to prepare nutritious food, and is connected to the process, we will not only have healthier children but a greater chance at a healthy, thriving community.
EATS 2018 - 2019 Annual Report
EATS has had an incredible year! We have taught more cooking classes than ever before. We have multiple new collaborations with Christian Center of Park City (CCPC), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, Summit County, Farm to Table Task Force, and one of our biggest collaborative wins is the addition of scratch-cooked school lunch in all FOUR Park City elementary schools. 70% of middle school EATS participants expanded their taste palates, while 400 of elementary students have expanded their preference for vegetables.
EATS and our new collaboration with CCPC has made 350 vulnerable community students healthier by sending home fresh fruits donated from Deer Valley Resort and reduced the level of processed food distributed in their backpacks. These small changes have a huge impact on the children we serve.
EATS has representation on the PCSD Wellness Committee and helped steer the District’s updated Wellness Policy. The approved policy may have been somewhat controversial, and we’re okay with that. Controversy starts conversations and that is exactly what is happening. The evolution of our community’s health and knowledge about food started with a question, “What’s up with school food?”
Thank you for joining us in creating a healthier generation!
Read and download the full 2018 - 2019 Annual Report.