At the heart of all our work at Project EAT is the mission to end health inequities and close the achievement gap in school communities. We support health and nutrition education both in the classroom and after school because we believe that fresh food and exercise are essential to creating healthy students. We also believe that in order for students to perform their best academically, they have to be at their best physically. Students who are healthy and performing well academically are in an optimal position to be leaders and role models at their schools and in their communities. Although our programs focus on the growth and development of individual students, our end goal is to shift the behavior of entire communities to become healthier. Youth need to be the leaders of this behavioral shift because they are inspirational, creative, and heavily invested in the welfare of their community. Youth are also much more likely to take the advice of other youth instead of following directions from an adult who may not completely understand them. Project EAT involves hands-on learning and experiences that impart valuable skills which have real world applications. Our programs focus on growing and preparing healthy food - and in the process, we grow and prepare healthier individuals and communities.