The Need
  • More than three-quarters of the food deserts in DC are in Wards 7 and 8. (DC Policy Center)
  • DC has the sixth highest child food insecurity rate of any other state in the nation, with 28% of children under the age of 18 living in food insecure households. (Capital Area Food Bank).
Our Approach: Health and Wellness Enrichment

A school-day initiative launched in 2019 through new funding from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and FoodCorps, Kid Power re-branded and expanded our program offerings in partner schools to include program activities that integrate wellness into the entire school culture. In the program, our FoodCorps Service Members teach in-school health, garden, and environmental lessons to over 1,000 students. Kid Power students learn about health, wellness, and nutrition through hands-on gardening, cooking lessons, and STEM-based environmental science lessons. Kid Power’s FoodCorps Service Members also run cafeteria taste-test events, composting and recycling components, and school-based markets.

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