6 Million SEEDS School-Based Project
(Host School TBD)
The goal of 6 Million SEEDS is to reach students, educators, and classroom parents or school dietary personnel through direct experience of healthy foods and frequent exposure to evidence-based nutrition education created by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Food For Life curriculum and other vetted sources for elementary school children. It is called 6 Million SEEDS for 3 reasons.
One: because there are 6 primary plant foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts/seeds, legumes, and mushrooms).
Two: SEEDS is an acronym for Students Educated in Environment, Diet, and Sustainability.
Three: Imagine if we had that many and more kids well educated, and well-nourished, we could change the trajectory of life on Earth.
The school-based portion of the project is unique because it focuses on teaching school-age children about eating more fruits and vegetables, as recommended in the US dietary guidelines. This is a direct action project with no negatives. In fact, teaching children to eat more healthy, protective foods and less refined junk food is beneficial in both the long and short term. In the short term, it helps the students stay healthy, supports their immune responses, and helps them focus and attend to lessons in the classroom. In the long term, healthy food will help children grow up to be healthy adults who support a healthy world.
Originally, based on the concepts of the USDA farm-to-school program, the 6 Million SEEDS project was created in October of 2021 to address the dismal state of nutrition in school-age children. Since the pandemic spurred the US government to provide two free meals to every child Monday through Friday, the quality of the food offered has declined even further. Sadly, a lot of the food is so poorly prepared, unappealing, or unpalatable that the children would rather go hungry than eat what is provided by well-meaning school food service staff. 6 Million SEEDS seeks to address this problem.