February 17, 2011
We are very proud to present our newest community program: sweetgreen in schools. This is an exciting way for us to get involved in our communities and teach kids about the importance of eating healthy! sweetgreen in schools is a series of interactive, educational nutrition education classes where students will learn key messages about nutrition, health, and “where food comes from” through hands-on activities. The series will culminate in a final project and students will create personalized salads to share with their families, and compete to see which is the tastiest! We will also invite the classes on a field trip to one of our store locations to see professional chefs developing and serving salads to customers.
In this month’s lesson, “Eat the Rainbow!” classes prepare salads using a colorful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and discuss the nutrients and health benefits of each. This past Friday marked the inaugural sweetgreen in schools held at Garfield Elementary in southeast DC. Adorable 9 and 10 year olds were hesitant at first to try some of the ingredients (tomato, carrot, corn, kale, beets and local feta cheese), but gobbled the salads down once they were all mixed together. They were even willing to taste raw beets and were surprised by its crunchy sweet flavor. The kids loved our krispy kale, discovering a new kind of “chip”, and while they craved ranch dressing, they enjoyed balsamic vinaigrette more than they ever thought.
December 8, 2010
The Batonga Foundation empowers young women in Africa through education so that they can take the lead in changing Africa. sweetgreen was fortunate enough to get involved by catering a fundraising cocktail event in DC on Monday night. The event was a huge success and we are very proud to have contributed to supporting sustainable change in Africa. Batonga’s executive director, Stephanie Cate, details the outstanding impact of the fundraiser:
“We raised over $12,000! That will provide 100 girls who have been orphaned, disabled, or otherwise affected by the war in Sierra Leone with a set of school uniforms, a school bag, a pair of school shoes, 7 textbooks, a packet of 12 exercise books, a math set, pens, pencils and erasers, school fees, and ongoing mentoring throughout the year. This will give them a chance to create something with their lives! The funds will also support the operation of a Youth Center in Ethiopia that gives kids living in the slums of Addis Ababa a place to go after school to read and create artwork. 300 children regularly visit the center.”
Batonga Foundation helped to launch this campaign, The Girl Effect. It’s really powerful!
September 21, 2010
The university now offers a course called Global, Local Food and Farm Systems. It focuses on and critiques the current global food system and the development of food systems. The class covers topics such as the “Green Revolution”, ecology and conservation, as well as fair trade and organic foods. The students have guest speakers and even take trips to local farms throughout the semester. Who knew Georgetown University was so sweetgreen?