New York Agriculture Literacy Week - join us in the classroom!


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Mon Mar 12, 2018 08:00 AM - Wed Apr 25, 2018 03:00 PM


Spoons Across America630 Ninth AvenueSuite 212New York, NY 10036


Come join us as we educate children about healthy eating, food, and taste.

Training Dates:

  • Monday, February 26th, 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 28th, 12:00 PM

What is Spoons Across America? Spoons Across America (SAA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating though food and nutrition-based educational programs for children.

What is Agriculture Literacy Week? Spoons Across America is the primary New York City implementer of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s New York Agriculture Literacy Week. In this free program for New York City schools, 1st and 2nd graders learn about New York state agriculture - what kinds of food are grown and produced in the state, and the people who are involved in growing and producing them. Spoons Across America trains volunteers to read a selected storybook and lead a related curriculum activity.

Between March 12 and April 25, 2018, volunteers will read Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson. Students will be taken on the journey from farm to table to understand different aspects of agriculture and the many possible careers involved. This is a captivating glimpse of what it takes to bring the food we eat to us in order to nourish our bodies and spirits.

What do Volunteers do? After participating in a hands-on training, volunteers participate in and lead all aspects of Agriculture Literacy Week implementation. Volunteer responsibilities include reading the Agriculture Literacy Week book aloud to the class, leading an activity related to the book, and set up and clean up. We are looking for individuals enthusiastic about healthy eating and children’s programming to join us!

Volunteer Training: All volunteers receive training at the Spoons Across America offices (630 Ninth Avenue @ 44th Street in Manhattan), and are required to attend one of the following training dates:

  • Monday, February 26th, 5:30 PM

  • Wednesday, February 28th, 12:00 PM

**** Do you work for a business or company that wants to make a volunteer commitment? We can schedule a special training session for groups of 10 or more people, onsite or at our offices. Contact Ali for more information.

When do your programs take place? Agriculture Literacy Week programs occur DURING SCHOOL HOURS. Please be advised that there are no after-work hours available for Agriculture Literacy Week.

I'm ready to go! How do I sign up? If you are interested in volunteering with Spoons Across America this year, please contact Ali McDowell, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at

In your email, please indicate which training session you will attend: Monday, February 26th at 5:30 PM or Wednesday, February 28th at 12:00 PM.

* Please note: Volunteers must complete a background check prior to the program date.


  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Care
  • General Education

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Up to you - we will work with your schedule!
  • Must attend a free training at our office and complete a background check.

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