Partnering with The PB&J Fund

The PB&J Fund is a nonprofit organization that works with Charlottesville youth to develop healthier eating habits. They manage a beautiful, kid-friendly kitchen in downtown Charlottesville, where kitchen tools are color-coded in bright colors, counter tops are kid-height, and the recipes are just as fun to create as they are delicious and healthy. Culinary instructors emphasize food and kitchen safety by providing students with appropriate tools and recipe ingredients.

Local Food Hub provides fresh fruits and vegetables for The PB&J Fund’s in-school, after-school, and summer cooking programs, and connects students to information about the farms where the food is grown.

Kids Supporting Agriculture

Kids Supporting Agriculture (KSA) is a collective take on a traditional CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) style program that provides unique learning opportunities for area youth and offers Charlottesville-area residents with the best Virginia-grown produce. Led by The PB&J Fund, students from The Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia spend five weeks of their summer at The PB&J kitchen running the KSA program.

A traditional CSA program offers consumers a share of farm-fresh items from a farm or group of farms. The consumer often pays a lump sum at the start of the growing season to secure the share, and receives weekly or biweekly deliveries of the farm share. The KSA program, now in its third year, emulates this model using produce grown by Local Food Hub partner farms.

The teens from The Boys and Girls Club are are responsible for all logistics of KSA, including organizing marketing, sales, and delivery, providing customer service, and estimating profit margins. They target their customers from area businesses in downtown Charlottesville and deliver the shares on foot.

The students assemble all items into individual customer bags for delivery. They also prepare a recipe using items from the produce bag and share a sample with their customers, such as Japanese cucumber salad, kale pesto pasta, cucumber yogurt salad dressing, fruit jams, and more. Local Food Hub also provides opportunities for the students to learn about where the food is grown and to pass that information to their customers.

Funds raised through KSA will help the teens attend the National Keystone Teen Leadership Conference in spring 2017.

To learn more about The PB&J Fund, visit their website.

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