On July 29, 2015 the Uptown Summer crew visited the Lansingburgh Family Resource Center to learn about an awesome new collaboration that “aims to increase access to locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables for food insecure families in the Capital Region.” You can be sure we will be making more great media stories about this up-and-coming project.
Andrea, a KitchenSanctuary volunteer took some great notes of some conversations she had on site… check it out below!
Speaking with Paula Scott of the Lansingburgh Family Resource Center
What kinds of resources would you like to see more of?
“More things for the children encouraging them to eat more vegetables.”
Is that because you have children you are concerned with?
“My grandkids I’m concerned with because it’s all fast food.” “What is in the store has preservatives and and sugar and is not good for them.”
What kinds of things or resources she would like to see at the event or see more of at the event that may help her grandkids?
“[Having] things they would like to eat and give them an idea of where it comes from. My grandkids say it comes from a store. I say where do you think the store gets it – a farm. My grandkids are concerned with video games. Anything that’s quick. They’d rather go to McDonalds.”
“They’d rather go to McDonald’s because they get a toy, there’s games, it’s quick, they can fool around, they have playstation.”
“Anything where they try it and try to make it.” “Anything that would encourage communication, sitting down, preparing it with you. They like quiche, things that are fun to taste. Apple crisp. Things they like to eat, encourage them, that get the parents involved. No one likes to talk- They come in “Hi Grandma,” – “I’m like no we’re going to talk.”
“No one sits down for homestyle dinner, talking about school or your plans. Nobody does that anymore. Everybody runs from job to job.”
I shared an anecdote that I did not even know McDonalds had Playstations and that when I was younger I know they used to have playgrounds and you used to be able to get in this tub full of balls and different activities.
“They used to have tunnels and My kids used to love to get in the tunnels. Now you’re just playing video games and shoving food into your mouth. They don’t even look at what they have in their hand. Games are hypnotizing. I say [to them] ‘Do you even know what you’re eating.’ “
Are there other resources that are either available or not available that you would like to see?
“More recipes for the kids that are easy and kid friendly.”
“Marcella [cook at the Lansingburgh Family resource Center] made cupcakes with the kids and they were out here with their gloves on yelling cupcakes for sale. They started a savings account for them. She makes everything from scratch. She was showing them, they were stirring, she would bake it and she would show them how to decorate”
“They were selling them $1 a piece and yelling buy our cupcakes, flagging down traffic. A man stopped to buy it, talk to them about it, and the kids loved it. They knew which one was theirs. They were saying ‘I did this one.’
“[With] The money they made they started a bank account for them through Capcom. They learned about baking, banking, and interacting with the community. It was terrific.”
I asked Paige who is an intern and grad student in Public Health out of all the literature what are the most popular and which do people take the most. Three of the most popular are a sheet called “Harvest Calendar” which shows for each month of they year list what produce you can get or is in season and is made by them. And two documents “How to select, store, and use locally grown vegetables ” and “How to select, store, and use locally grown fruits” These are put out by Child and Adult Care Food Program NYS Department of Health. The least popular are handouts made by the USDA.
Why do you think the three documents that are the most popular are the most popular?
“[The Harvest Calendar shows] When they can be purchasing locally that’s fresh, [and the other two documents] help them keep their fruits and vegetables as long as possible and best quality.”
I grabbed a very colorful sheet with bold colorful pictures of vegetables on it. At first I thought to myself are these stickers?? Darlene, Community Health & Development Director for Capital District Childcare Council let me know,
“Kids like to break up the pictures like playing cards.”
“We had a relatively educated person ask us why there is no mango and we said well that doesn’t grow in Nrew York state but take a Harvest Calendar. So we use those opportunities to educate.”
Have you seen kids grad these [the playing cards] and tear at them? “Yes”