Spoons Across America: NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Cameron St. Germain

What they do: Spoons Across America® is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the premise that it is essential to the health of our children and our society to bring the joys of the table to the children of America. The table is where children learn about conversation, consideration, tolerance and other tools for getting along in society. When activities are centered around healthful food, children experience a fun and exciting way to learn about nutrition, the physiology of taste, and how food weaves its way through daily life, from the farm to the table.

How they do it: Through hands-on programs, children learn about food-its-connection to the land & seasons & the importance of sharing meals together.

Mission: Spoons Across America®- dedicated to educating children, teachers & families about the benefits of healthy eating. Through hands-on programs, children learn about food-its-connection to the land & seasons & the importance of sharing meals together.

Latest project/campaign: Spoons Recipe Days for Summer Camps and After School Programs: Curriculum and Training Programs in NYC.

Major Funding: Spoons Across America® programs are funded by foundation grants, corporate donations and sponsorship, individual gifts, and in-kind donations. WheatFoods council, Perdue, Food and Wine, Ferguson Lighting, Crabtree and Evelyn.

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Budget: $415,000

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: Since 2001, Spoons Across America® has introduced, administered, and collaborated on over 50 educational programs in over 37 communities across the U.S., reaching over 31,000 children, teachers and families.

FACT SHEET

Location: 

  • 630 Ninth Avenue, suite 212
  • New York, NY 10036

Core Programs: 

  1. Farm to Book
  2. Take a Taste with Spoons
  3. Spoons Recipe Days
  4. The Dinner Party Project®
  5. New York Agriculture Literacy Week
  6. Spoons Food Explorers
  7. Spoons Summer and After School Recipe Days

Number of staff: 5

Number of volunteers: 50

Areas Served:

  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Staten Island
  • Queens
  • New York State
  • National

Year Started: 2001

Director: 

James Grosso

Contact Information:

(212) 245-1145

[email protected]

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