Resilience.org, an online media and gathering site that supports building community resilience in a world of multiple emerging challenges, recently highlighted the successful Farm-to-Head Start Program offered by Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties. The program was made possible by aligned values among each of the organizations in the supply chain, from the farmers to the producers to the caterer and the Head Start centers.
CKC Good Food has been a proud partner to CAPRW for many years and was pleased to have a seat at the table to bring this farm-to-childcare to life for the students who participate in CAPRW programming.
Through this initiative, CKC works closely with the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) to coordinate growing and harvesting cycles with the recipes and menus we provide to Head Start centers throughout the two counties.
The successful partnership has resulted in 3-to-5 year old children from largely minority, low-income families having regular access to healthy, locally produced foods. Through these meals, the children served are building healthy habits for a lifetime.
The CAPRW Farm-to-Head Start program is a model for other programs across the country and demonstrates the potential when organizations' values align.
We invite you to read the Resilience.org story here: https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-03-14/community-action-partnership-of-ramsey-washington-counties/