Kellogg Partnership

Milagro + W.K.Kellogg Foundation

A partnership for children 2009-2011

Healthy food access and nutrition education for children in underserved communities


To our friends at Kellogg, with gratitude...

"Each child's soul is the seed that contains light and love. By investing patience, compassion, kindness and gentle wisdom, each child will bear the fruit of divinity."
~ Carlos Santana


The Edible Schoolyard
New Orleans, LA

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans is a school garden and nutrition program at the Samuel Green Charter School in New Orleans.

The mission of ESY NOLA is to integrate organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the curriculum, culture and food programs of Green Charter School. ESY NOLA provides students with engaging hands-on learning experiences through weekly garden and kitchen classes, and school-wide seasonal events that promote the local food traditions of New Orleans.

The goals of this program include teaching students life skills in the garden and kitchen; an appreciation of and stewardship for the natural world; and exposing students and their families to fresh, local fruits and vegetables with a direct focus on increasing their access to healthy foods at school and in the larger community.

Johns Hopkins Center for
American Indian Health

School gardens and nutrition education on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and Navajo Nation in Arizona and the Santa Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health seeks to partner with the Milagro Foundation to create an innovative culturally-based nutrition promotion program with the most underserved and nutritionally at risk children in America, American Indians.

The program will engage Native community stakeholders in three southwestern reservation communities to promote school, family and community-based programming to teach children and families to grow, eat and distribute healthy foods.

Outreach and support of local farmers will augment program success and strengthen local healthy foods systems. Local tribal stakeholders will ensure core curriculum and program activities are centered in indigenous cultural wisdom and strength.

The project will develop over three years, and include sustainability and dissemination planning to compound Milagro's investment in this work.

Historic Lower 9th Ward
Council for Arts & Sustainability

The Ujamaa Project at the Sankofa Marketplace introduces the children of the Lower 9th ward of New Orleans to healthy food choices.

Project Ujamaa will provide year-round, monthly activities designed to increase access to and foster an appreciation for good food among more than 300 underserved children in New Orleans, 7-14 years old, and their families.

The multilayered activities will include providing "Vegetable Vouchers" to program participants, allowing them to meet urban farmers, listen to presentations from nutritionists, make their own healthy recipes and items to sell at the market, and develop skits, poems and songs that address the importance of healthful eating.

Sankofa Marketplace - Bringing good people together

Sausalito-Marin City Schools - GrowingGreat Marin City/Sausalito

School gardens, Nutrition Education and a community Farmers Market will provide Marin City children with alternative choices for healthy food access.

This program is about the children of Marin City and Sausalito and their families who need and deserve access to healthy foods, fitness education and other resources.

The project is designed to bring together community partners who will contribute to a unique nutrition education program in which the schools will host and integrate a school garden along with an inter-generational after-school element. It also integrates a Farmer's Market and a strong community partnership component that will increase the connection with and access to healthy foods and physical activity.

GrowingGreat Marin City/Sausalito is a comprehensive program integrating schools, homes and the community for better nutrition and healthier futures. The students and families of Bayside Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, and Willow Creek Academy will focus on nutrition in the following ways:

  • School Gardens teaching students to appreciate fresh food and enriching their classroom curriculum
  • Nutrition education giving children practical tools to make healthy choices
  • Farm-to-school events connecting children to their food, the Marin City Farmers Market and their environment
  • Parent education workshops and family events
  • Intergenerational programs and community celebrations
  • Family cooking nights with visiting chefs