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 2019 - 2020 Annual Report
It is an honor to bring EATS’ vision of creating healthier generations to fruition. We are dedicated to ensuring and growing healthy communities with fun, food, and nutrition advocacy. “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates
Nutritious food is the cornerstone of good health. 2020 has brought to light, more than ever, the importance food plays on our health and in our lives. In the midst of COVID-19, EATS met unique challenges thanks to your generous support! We are on track to teach the most cooking classes we have ever taught, and have pivoted to teaching via a virtual format. We have even introduced a community cooking challenge. EATS and Christian Center of Park City’s coordinated Backpack Meals expanded 228%, serving more than 800 children a month.
In 2019/20 EATS provided more than 8,000 Backpack Meals! Additionally, EATS has grown more than 50 pounds of fresh vegetables, which we used in our collaborative summer camps and then donated the rest to our neighbors and community. We also taught 18 garden-specific classes to children throughout our community, they now more deeply understand how worms help build nutrient-rich soil, the importance of the right bugs in our gardens, and more.
EATS 2019/2020 Impact
Cooking Classes - We taught 95 total classes to 2000+ students for 150 hours of edible education!
Food Security - Through Backpack Meals, we provided 8,500 extra meals to our community’s children facing food insecurity and hunger. Due to COVID, we increased our capacity from 350 to 800 children!
Gardens - We supported 7 Tower Gardens, 2 garden plots — growing more than 60 lbs of fresh food — 1 greenhouse, and launched garden lessons online!
EATS partnered with 10 community organizations and 2 school districts to make all this happen!
EATS is dedicated to empowering and growing healthy communities with fun, food, and nutrition advocacy.
Read and download the full 2019 - 2020 Annual Report.