2020 MI Good Food Summit Lightning Talks - Operation Fit - School Food Cart Program
From Lindsey Scalera
The Operation Fit/The Fire Hub Food Cart Program is an example of how a community can collaborate to provide fresh fruits/veggies and healthy snacks for underserved students & their families. Operation Fit is a program developed by the collaborative efforts of Battle Creek Family YMCA, Bronson BC, the BC Community Foundation, community agencies, organizations, and the philanthropic community working towards decreasing rates of childhood obesity in the BC area. OF works with schools to develop and improve their wellness environment. Two years ago, OF and TFH met & discussed how we could coordinate getting fresh fruits/veggies & healthy snacks into the hands of our students & developed the Food Cart Program. The program has grown from 2 schools in 2017 to 9 school locations this year. Last year, The Fire Hub donated a total of 33,545 pounds of fresh fruits/ veggies and 2354 cases of healthy snacks to our schools! The FCP adapted to provide food to families during the COVID-19 pandemic!