Too many children in our northern area of Tulsa, Oklahoma, go to bed hungry at night, so Cornerstone's YouthWorks initiative empowers youths to develop their own pizza gardens to learn how to grow, cook and serve healthy food. To date, 4000 square feet of gardens have been built by more than 110 elementary school children to grow their own tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, raddishes, okra, pumpkins, watermelons and several spices. As they harvest their vegetables, children are taught how to make healthy pizza, salad, and numerous other delicious dishes. Then the students are sent out into the neighborhoods, area apartment complexes and the DayCenter For The Homeless to serve others healthy pizza that everyone loves! All of this is accomplished during the 10-week YouthWorks Summer Camp, the 30-week After-School Program, and the school break camps (Fall, Winter, Spring).
The goals of the Pizza Gardens are to 1) Teach the children how to plan and implement a project, 2) Teach the children about nutrition and how to eat healthy, 3) Teach the children how to prepare, plant, grow and harvest sustainable gardens, 4) Teach the children how to cook healthy food, 5) Teach the children how to serve others, 6) Teach the children how to grow gardens at home, and 7) Teach the children how to pass on gardening and healthy eating to others all over the community.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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