Thursday, August 2, 2012

FoodCorps, and a Great Thai Restaurant, Close to Home!

Jade and Matthew relaxing after dinner
I am excited to learn that Jade Salzman, a young neighbor of ours, plans to devote a year of her life to FoodCorps. Don and I invited her and her family to dinner at a great local Thai restaurant, "Jasmine Thai Cuisine," to hear more. Jade, like me, is vegetarian, so we shared a delicious "Pad Thai Tofu" while we swapped stories. The venue was perfect for a good meal at fair prices within walking distance of our homes. And the atmosphere was cozy and quiet enough that we could hear each other talk.

Her mission, according to the organization's website, will be to:

 Teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from

Build and tend school gardens

Bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias

This guy loves to cook. Service with a smile!

For good food and fair prices, eat here
How wonderful! She gets to take the roll-up-your-sleeves, can-do public service attitude I wrote about in my "growing gardening" post and take it to a whole new level. She'll be fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity and related diseases at the same time. Although she'll be working in a tough, urban environment, I know she's up to the job. Her young energy and enthusiasm are contagious!

I donated a digital camera to her efforts, in the hope that she can use it to promote the organization's work and to help get the kids engaged in their new gardening and nutrition lessons.

Go, Jade!

Jasmine Thai Cuisine on Urbanspoon

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