Kid Power, Inc. requested an Emerson Fellow to conduct a community needs assessment of its VeggieTime food and garden youth education program in order to examine the structure of its programs, evaluate its responsiveness to school communities, and to make future recommendations for the program. Throughout this assessment process, many findings about best practices for food and garden youth education programs came to light through the discussions, focus groups, survey, and interviews that were performed for the research. This hunger free community report looks to describe the different types of food and garden youth education programs as well as their goals and benefits. Six best practices are recommended for the administration of food and garden youth education programs that are long-lasting, have strong support systems, and work in a community-based responsible service model.
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