“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” -Robert Brault

“...no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” ―Julia Child

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." -Les Brown

Our mission is to end health inequities and close the achievement gap in school communities.

Project EAT ( Educate. Act. Thrive.) began twelve years ago with the planting of purple Cherokee tomatoes. Beginning as a learning community focused on the best ways to introduce students and their families to eating fruits and vegetables, the Hayward Nutritional Learning Community Program started in two schools teaching nutrition education using school gardens as the outdoor classroom. We found that students will eat whatever they grow. We grew from two gardens to 32 school gardens, from 50 teachers to 700 teachers in a decade. Now, we serve 19,000 students and their families in 4 school districts in Alameda County. We provide professional development and technical assistance K - 12 for experiential nutrition education and physical activity in the garden and the classroom. We also have an integrated community outreach team that creates synergy for healthy choices by working with the school community.

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Harvest of the Month (HOTM) highlights a seasonal produce of the month. It provides students the opportunity to sample a fresh seasonal fruit or vegetable and learn about it.

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By Project EAT Staff

Washington 3-5th graders are walking the track everyday with Mrs. Durden, fourth grade teacher at Washington School in San Leandro.  Each day during the lunch recess, Mrs. Durden walks the track that surrounds the school play yard.

By Project EAT Youth

The event was a health fair at the Boys & Girls Club in San Leandro. It was for the kids from the club and those who came to watch the basketball tournament going on. A lot of kids were interested in MyPlate once they told their friends to try it.

By Project EAT Youth

The Get Fresh! Stay Healthy! mentors from both Tennyson and San Lorenzo High Schools teamed up to present 3 stations at the "It Takes a Community!" Education Summit at Cal State East Bay. 

By Project EAT Youth

I never thought that being a student worker for Project E.A.T would be this fun! I just had my first event last Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Grow Healthy Fair at San Lorenzo High School where I'm currently studying as a Senior.