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Food Scouts is made possible through the enthusiasm and generous financial support of Whole Foods Market.
FREE for kids ages 5-12
Receive $2 EVERY WEEK to spend at the market
Play interactive games and discover the Power of Produce!
Every Sunday at Lents International Farmers Market
Discover the Power of Produce and have fun at Lents International Farmers Market this season! Food Scouts is our newest program at the market, for youth ages 5-12. Each week at the market, Food Scouts receive $2 each to spend on fresh vegetables, fruit, or food producing plants.
Scouts also earn badges and prizes by participating in educational activities at the market focused on a wide variety of subjects from nutrition, cooking, and food and culture to gardening, farming, food processing and more. There are take-home activities that children and families can do together during the week such as keeping a food diary or exploring kitchen chemistry.
Parents and guardians can sign their children up for Food Scouts at the farmers market any Sunday!
In order to be truly successful, Food Scouts needs your help! Weekly volunteers are needed to assist with enrollment, games and activities, and special events. Contact Sarah if you would like to volunteer.
Our project will help children build a solid foundation of good nutrition, make educated food choices, and develop healthy eating and food shopping habits from a young age.
Modeled after the highly successful POP Club at Oregon City Farmers Market, Food Scouts will provide children ages 5-12 an opportunity to act as participants in a local economy and engage in making healthy food choices for themselves. Through hands-on activities and inquiry-based empowerment education, children will gain a point of reference for thinking about food and nutrition as it relates to their health and wellness.
By giving children the opportunity to learn and share food knowledge with their peers, Food Scouts will cultivate confidence and cooperation, which will lead to lifelong positive impacts on individual and community health.
We expect to reach more than 500 children in outer Southeast Portland over the first three years. LIFM is already a popular neighborhood gathering place and farm direct access point in outer SE Portland; adding Food Scouts to the market will have a significant positive impact on children and their families in our community.