The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Cambria Backpack Project launched a Youth Café Market earlier today.
This new initiative works like a pop-up farmers market that’s hosted by Flood City Youth Fitness Academy. The program aims at giving kids more access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Over 700 pounds of fresh produce was given away. Kids were able to ‘shop’ for it with fake money that they earned through participating in various activities within the program.
Organizers emphasize that children need to be taught about healthy nutrition and all the different kinds of foods that are available to them.
“We really wanted to do it fresh and get it from some local farmers as well so they can really see where food comes from and what it looks like in its raw form and can learn more about it,”
The participants really noticed the way that programs such as these help out in the community.
“I think it’s cool because it’s trying to help our family out because we get to take free food home, It really helps them out because if they’re hungry they can use some of this stuff because it’s free.”
To support this program visit the Flood City Youth Fitness Academy page.