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Healthy Kids in the Bon Appétit Kitchen 5th Anniversary Impact Report

OVER 20,000 GET A HEALTHY HEAD START

IN THE FIVE YEARS SINCE PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR HEALTHY KIDS IN 2015:

MORE THAN 4,500 KIDS

have attended a class

in the Garden at Oracle Park

+ 5,500 KIDS

have attended a Healthy Kids class

at a Bon Appétit account

= 10,000 KIDS

have received a hands-on head start to making better food choices

IN ADDITION

AROUND 600 ADULT VISITORS

have toured the Garden at Oracle Park

+ MORE THAN 13,900 CHILDREN

have participated in a garden activity at a special event

= 14,500 community members

have experienced a workshop, tour, or community event.

…and that doesn’t include the tens of thousands who have visited the Garden during baseball games!

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Five years ago, we partnered with Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants to build a garden inside their stadium. It became a unique ballpark destination where fans could enjoy the fruits, vegetables, and herbs growing and find healthy dishes to eat.

FIRST STEPS IN FOOD LITERACY FOR KIDS

Our Healthy Kids educators regularly transform the garden into an outdoor classroom for children from local elementary schools and community organizations.

Kids don plant-parts suits and aprons to harvest, cook, and eat fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors and learn how food helps you be healthy.

SURVEYS SAY KIDS ARE LEARNING

87.5% of teachers and group leaders said the field trip to the Garden at Oracle Park inspired students to make healthier food choices

100% rated the overall experience a 5 out of 5

100% said they’re highly likely to recommend a garden field trip to another youth organization

“In my 28 years of teaching, THAT was the best field trip I have ever taken a class on! It was so well-organized, well-run, engaging, educational, safe and delicious! ;) The kids had such a great time! Thank you all for providing such an amazing opportunity for my class!” – Washington Elementary school teacher, Mount Vernon, IA

FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO NATIONWIDE

We knew we had to spread the inspiration! We began taking Healthy Kids to our kitchens, cafés, and gardens across the country.

Since 2018, Healthy Kids educators have traveled to

98 Bon Appétit locations in 72 CITIES

to teach our specially crafted curriculum, designed to get kids excited about healthy food.

HANDS IN THE DIRT

Whether in the Garden at Oracle Park or at a campus farm we’re connected to, kids love engaging in hands-on garden activities such as scavenger hunts, seed planting, herb tasting, harvesting, and making garden art.

TASTE-TESTING TO BUILD CONFIDENCE

Kids have taste-tested an incredible diversity of fruits and vegetables and become more open-minded to trying new foods.

“I didn’t like the snap peas. I LOVED them!” – program participant at Oracle in Redwood Shores, CA
“I can’t believe it! We can never get him to eat zucchini at home!” – parent of participant at Target in Minneapolis, MN
COOKING TECHNIQUES EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

Our chefs introduce children to basic culinary skills that are essential for preparing healthy meals for themselves as they grow older:

  • safe knife handling
  • measuring ingredients
  • peeling, ribboning and spiralizing vegetables
  • juicing citrus
  • rolling and stretching dough
“My daughter loved it and told dad all about her cooking experience in great detail, remembering all the key tips from Chef Bryan. The healthy eating and cooking from scratch mantras are really sinking in!” – parent of participant at Carleton College in Northfield, MN
“I feel privileged to share unforgettable moments with the youth of today and help them understand how important food is in our lives.” – Daniel Williams, Executive Chef at Adobe in San Francisco, CA
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

We’ve partnered with schools and youth-focused organizations doing meaningful work all over the country, including the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Urban Ventures.

Learning never tasted so good!