Turnip for June’s Charity Spotlight: Recipe for Success

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Mission Statement
Recipe for Success Foundation is dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children.


This is an organization that I was really excited to come across while doing my research for new-to-me local charities. I was overweight as a child and have battled EDNOS from the age of 12. I fully believe that healthy habits should be taught from a young age and I love the ideals behind Recipe for Success.

In order to volunteer, I first had to attend an orientation. I feel so lucky that two people wanted to join me this month – my aunt and a friend! We went to the orientation, which lasts about an hour, and learned all about the foundation and different ways that we could help.


One thing that really stuck out to me is that Recipe for Success is in the process of breaking ground on a new project, Hope Farms. According to their website, they have 7.58 acres dedicated to farming fresh, affordable produce in Sunnyside – one of Houston’s largest food deserts. What is a food desert? It can be defined as a geographic area where fresh, nutritious food options are scarce, and there can sometimes be an absence of large grocery stores as well. It gets better. Hope Farms will also provide jobs and internships for youth in Sunnyside, as well as provide jobs to United States Veterans. It really is an amazing concept and I cannot wait to volunteer there once it “opens.”

Going onto another program, I have also always considered myself to be entrepreneurial, so another one of Recipe for Success’ curriculum’s interested me: Farmers MarKIDS. This program teaches kids all about business. They first have to harvest their own produce (kids love seeing the fruits of their labor…literally!). Next, they have to promote their produce stand by marketing and advertising. Lastly, they have to operate their stand. Setting the prices and dealing with money is the tip of the iceberg {lettuce}. It really gives kids full control and results in new skills that can be applied throughout their life.

It doesn’t stop there. Recipe for Success also implements food programs into schools around Houston, gives healthy culinary lessons, and holds a summer camp for kids. This is how I spent my June 13th.


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My aunt and I volunteered at the summer camp and got to assist in teaching the kids about gardens, healthy eating, and cooking. The theme this week is Marco Polo and a different country will be explored each day. Yesterday’s country was Italy. What was on the menu? Linguine with oven roasted tomatoes and kale. For dessert we whipped up a banana, strawberry, and mango sorbet. Yum!

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It was so much fun and the kids were engaged the entire 6 hours. Besides getting to cook our meal from scratch (yes, even the pasta – see below!), they participated in a scavenger hunt in a community garden and taste tested celery and carrots with soy sauce, clover honey, salt, cocoa powder, and lemon, ultimately figuring out what combinations they liked best.

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I had a great time volunteering for Recipe for Success and will be working the summer camp on Friday, June 17th as well. If you would like to volunteer with me in July and help me showcase a different charity, please head over to my Contact page and send me a message!

Recipe for Success Homepage

Donate to Hope Farms

Volunteer for Recipe for Success

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