125 Montgomery Street
Chicopee, MA 01020
TEL: 413-594-3526, FAX: 413-594-3469
Principal: Mr. Samuel Karlin
No School Monday, May 30th
My name is Greta Shwachman and I’m a FoodCorps Service Member serving with the Chicopee School Food Service Department to ensure that your children have access to fresh, nutritious foods. FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy through nutrition education, hands-on cooking and gardening, and local food procurement. In my first year here in Chicopee, I have helped start and lead a school garden club at Stefanik; begun teaching monthly nutrition lessons to first graders at Lambert-Lavoie; and have launched a monthly taste test program at four schools that highlights locally grown fruits and vegetables. Each month, I prepare and serve a recipe for students to sample, with the goal of encouraging them to try new foods. In addition to my work in the garden, classroom, and cafeteria, I also work behind the scenes to order farm fresh produce from our farmer, Joe Czajkowski, located in Hadley, MA. It may surprise you to know, but we have already spent over $120,000 on local food for the school cafeteria this academic year. Our food service department is committed to serving students the freshest meals possible, so that they can succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
I feel honored to work towards such a noble goal, and to be among such an incredible community. I am planning on remaining in Chicopee for a second year of service so that I can continue to teach your children about growing, preparing, and eating healthy foods. If you would like to be involved in this work, or have any ideas for improving school meals, increasing nutrition education, or starting a school garden, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can reach me by email at email@example.com. If you want to learn more about the amazing work being done by the Chicopee Food Service Department, check out our website, www.chicopeefresh.com, or follow us @chicopeefresh on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I look forward to continuing my farm to school work here in your community, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person over the course of my service.
FoodCorps Service Member
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