FUEL stays very active in local communities.
It's not just a job. It's not just a business. It's an opportunity to be part of the community. Feed your families. Support our schools. Teach our kids.
FIELD TO Fork's Award Winning Program
FUEL Pizza is teamed up with Field to Fork partners: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, The Mecklenburg County Health Department, Land Sculptors and Earth Farm Organics.
We are inspired and motivated by our own kids and families, as well as the thousands of kids in our community. We think eating healthy and learning about nutrition should be accessible to everyone.
This year, we will create 15 school "pizza" gardens. Working with their teachers, selected students plan, grow and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they win a field trip to FUEL Pizza where we teach them how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza. The program has grown exponentially every year since it's inception in 2010. In 2010, Field to Fork was also voted the "Innovative Sustainable Business of the Year" and won a grant that enabled us to hire a part-time coordinator.
It's a simple concept --- take a food that kids love, like pizza, and use it to get them to try foods they don't usually love -- vegetables. The results have been fantastic. Kids who would never touch spinach or onions are happy to try them after spending months tending their plants. The proof is in the pudding -- or, rather in the pizza.
If you are a teacher, public health dietician or active in a local gardening group, we would love to talk to you. Fuel Pizza is eager to begin a "Field to Fork" chapter in DC and would appreciate any information or interest on getting started. Please contact Zach@FUELpizza.com
Visit our Field to Fork blog to keep up with participating students, schools and community gardens.
And here's a link to Field to Fork in the local news: