The Classroom To Food Pantry Pipeline (CFPP) has been turned into the Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP) to better achieve the goal of helping students and families in need by teaching students how to easily grow food at home, even if living in an apartment, thus bypassing the need to go through a food pantry for student grown greens.
The CFPP was our original Service Learning program that connected classrooms with nearby food pantries. It allowed schools to grow and harvest inexpensive pesticide free produce on a monthly basis (October through May) to make a big impact on food insecurity in their community. The CFMP does this more efficiently.
In addition to growing food, the CFPP program emphasizes Nutrition Education for both students and food pantry recipients (can also mean the families of students in need if your school already participates in a backpack for the needy program or similar effort).
This is done by encouraging students to research healthy foods and design posters promoting the benefits of eating healthy to put up at the pantry and on campus.
The CFPP is a fun classroom assignment for all grade levels. Students can track growth, harvest yields, develop scaled up models, and more. Add a CFPP to your classroom and even integrate it into the lesson plan. CFPP’s work well as part of Math, Science, Family Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, and Analytical/Data Collection oriented classes. Let us know what class you teach and we’ll help come up with a lesson plan if needed.
For example, here are Students in a Scientific and Technical Visualization (SciVis) Class charting growth rates based on bag weight.
Contact us for details about involving your classroom, school, food pantry, or congregation.