Recently, eleven Kids Up Front graduates (our class for 8-12 year olds) had the enviable opportunity to roam through the White House garden, led by White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass. The local Operation Frontline program at Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC has been able to tap into the growing political will to encourage nutrition education programs like OFL, particularly for children.
Said Janet McLaughlin, the National Director of Operation Frontline,
After four and half years leading Operation Frontline, I continue to be excited when kids request nutritious foods and brag about the healthy recipes that they know how to cook. I know — and our thousands of culinary and nutrition volunteers know — that Operation Frontline’s fun, hands-on, cooking-centered approach to food can change hearts, minds, and tastes. The Obama administration knows this too, and that is why they welcomed our group to the Kitchen Garden and even let us visit the White House kitchen (where the chefs were preparing stuffing for holiday parties)!. . .
Ensuring that all kids in America get the healthy foods they need is a large and multi-faceted challenge and we all have a part to play — in our homes, in the community, and even in the rain and twilight on the White House lawn!