My time at THP was quite literally a breath of fresh air, split between working on marketing campaigns, helping to plan two major fundraisers and joining in on the occasional dance party in the office with Shannon, Rhiannon and Amy while leading MyPlate lessons on field trips, playing guitar for kids during Mother’s Clubs, and conducting quality assurance observations on the San Mateo County School Farm with Naomi. Every day I was simply amazed by the strength, smarts and tenacity of all the women who make The HEAL Project the incredible organization that it is. They have inspired me to be more creative, to reach higher, to be more curious and to take on big projects in stride.
I previously did not have much experience working with kids, let alone with teaching them about food and nutrition. The educators of THP, Naomi, Julia and Fiona quite literally led by example and gave me tools to effectively connect with and educate children from all backgrounds. It has become very real to me how important it is to teach kids where their food comes from and that yes, in fact, vegetables can taste good! These experiences set them up for a lifetime of health and happiness.
So to sum up my experience here I would say that it has shown me the new and profound way one can impact a community by, in the words of THP, growing healthy kids from the ground up. I’m so thankful for my time at The HEAL Project.