Good food nourishes, nurtures, and sustains
the body, mind, and community
Launching a Dream
Moving forward with a plan to change the food culture at a Chicago High School, the Good Food Project put its mission on wheels: a portable fruit cart designed in Cyprus, built in Chicago.
The portable fruit cart is one of the winning entries of an international competition sponsored by Arquitectos for the Good Food Project’s student-operated fruit market at Sullivan High School. The cart design was chosen from among 30 entries from all over the U.S., Spain, Brazil, Cyprus, and Australia. Designed by Chryso Onisiforou of Yeroskipou-Paphos, Cyprus, it was built by master craftsman Bill Heye in his Chicago workshop.
All student groups are invited to use the fruit cart to sell fruit, instead of candy and junk food for fund-raising, snacking, and taking home to their families.
Many Americans are confused about what to eat, where to buy it, and how to prepare it. Our food culture—the wisdom and cooking skills handed down from generation to generation—is under assault by highly processed food and our growing reliance on institutions to provide it. The erosion of our food culture not only makes us sick, it also denies us the comfort, the joy of discovery, and the sense of belonging that a food culture provides.
Too many children, and oftentimes their parents, don’t know how good real food tastes. The Good Food Project directly addresses this issue by bringing real food, with its incomparable flavors, into Chicago-area classrooms, after-school programs, and summer camps for children and teens to taste and explore.
In our six years of operation, the Good Food Project has conducted tastings for more than 18,000 kids in schools, after school programs, and summer camps. Our interactive food tastings incorporate language arts, social studies, science, and health into the lessons, while kids taste a variety of apples, citrus, avocado and vegetables, or Michigan summer fruits. We do our best to provide scholarships so that schools that do not have discretionary funding can receive tastings free of charge.
Apples are the perfect vehicle to introduce children to new foods. They are a national symbol of school and learning. Read more…
Oranges that are red and pink inside, zipper-skin mandarins, and strange-looking Buddah’s hands are a few of the citrus varieties kids experience in our citrus lessons. Read more…
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, summer school and day camp kids get to try an mouth-watering variety of farm-fresh Michigan fruit. Read more…
The Good Food Project has been working at this Rogers Park High School for five years. Sullivan students know the names of popular, as well as obscure, apple varieties and can discuss their attributes. Read more…
On May 15, 2014, the Good Food Project proudly launched an award-winning fruit cart at Sullivan High School. The fruit market is the first student-operated market selling seasonal farm-fresh Michigan apples, citrus, and more, to help create a healthy food culture at the school. The Good Food Project plans to develop additional markets, and we are busy building a distribution network to provide the very best fruit to our markets.
We select only healthy, delicious foods to include in our tastings. So, we are thrilled that Avocados From Mexico is on board to sponsor tastings that include awesome avocados. Read more…