Foodwise (formerly CUESA) has offered free nutrition and wellness programs to San Francisco Unified School District students for the past decade. Foodwise Kids & Families is a program for elementary school classes (grades 1 through 5) that uses the farmers market as a classroom for empowering the next generation of healthy eaters. Through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson, we nurture children’s love for fruits and vegetables, teach them to prepare healthy, seasonal foods, and raise their awareness of their role in a sustainable food system.
Since the Foodwise Kids program launched in fall of 2012, more than 10,000 students from local public elementary schools have participated.
For Teachers: Fall 2022 Applications Are Now Open!
We are currently accepting signups for Fall 2022 classes, both in-person and virtual. If you are a teacher who is interested in signing up your class, please fill out the following form. Thank you!
Foodwise Kids & Families classes can involve:
- One field trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
- One follow-up cooking lesson in the classroom*
- One Family Cook Night where students invite their families to an evening of cooking*
* Offered to a subset of participating classes
We will also continue to offer synchronous, virtual lessons with the option of a seasonal produce drop-off to teachers. A series of educational videos that discuss the farmers market, farmers, and the produce they grow is also available for independent learning.
Questions? Please contact Foodwise Kids & Families Education Manager Nesley Rojo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Resources for Kids, Families & Schools
Now students and families can experience Foodwise Kids wherever they are! We developed these video resources to supplement our in-person field trips and classes, while extending the experience to students, families, and educators who are not able to visit in person.
Support Foodwise Kids
Foodwise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and we rely on your support to offer this program free of charge to public elementary school students. Support the next generation of healthy eaters by volunteering, interning, or donating.
Learn More about Foodwise Kids
Read stories, student quotes, and teacher testimonials about Foodwise Kids:
- Foodwise Kids Brings the Joy of the Farmers Market to Students During the Pandemic (August 5, 2020)
- Back to School for Foodwise Kids (September 19, 2014)
- Growing Foodwise Kids (October 11, 2013)
- Introducing Foodwise Kids (December 12, 2012)