Volunteers are needed to facilitate lessons and work with students during activities. This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in nutrition, food, education, and fitness. The program educates students about nutrition, food safety, and where their food comes from. We teach an entirely original curriculum which incorporates academics into each lesson.
The Fundamentals of Understanding Nutrition (FUN) Pantry is a program of Project Healthy Community which educates 1st grade students through lessons about balanced diets, recipes, and PHC’s urban garden. The curriculum was written by a retired teacher and includes original short interactive books for the children to take home as well as recipes. Students read the books each session and practice other subjects during activities such as math in following a recipe. Students also get to take food home to their families via a mini client choice pantry we set up in the classroom. Now in its 4th year, the program has successfully impacted students’ lives. Survey results show that the students are bringing what they learned home, sharing with their families about healthy eating.
The FUN Pantry is also a great way for volunteers to gain experience or showcase their expertise in working with young children. We want our volunteers to have an active role in the program. This means that volunteers often work in small groups or 1-on-1 with students. Our volunteers also become an integral part of the team they work with for the cycle they sign up for.
Project Healthy Community is a non-profit social enterprise that prides itself on multi-cultural, interfaith, inter-community partnerships. Our mission is to promote the well-being of persons of all ages within communities in-need in Southeast Michigan with an emphasis on nutrition and education for children.
Each cycle consists of four sessions which meet on Fridays from 10am-12:30pm at Schulze Academy in NW Detroit. We are currently seeking volunteers to help facilitate the following Cycle - 3/16, 3/23, 4/13, 4/20. We ask that volunteers commit to at least three of the sessions in a cycle to create a more consistent learning environment. Volunteers will be working as a group to facilitate lessons but may work 1-on-1 with students during activities. When emailing us to say you are interested, please indicate which cycle you are available for.
- Child Care
- Teaching / Instruction
- Youth Services
- General Education
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 4 sessions, Fri 10-12:30, cycles listed above