Donate a Box of Produce to Families in Need for Thanksgiving
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“There is no better gift than to teach a young person about helping someone else. The generous support of Goldstar members truly helps make a new life possible for our students.” —Mimi Silbert, President, Delancey Street Foundation; Former Headmaster Life Learning Academy
Watch a video of Rabbi Marv Gross discussing homelessness and Goldstar’s Thanksgiving Appeal.
Each $15 donation makes a substantial box of produce to feed a family in need. Here’s a sampling of what goes into each box:
- Fruit: 5 apples, 6 persimmons, 3 lemons, raspberries
- Veggies: Veggies: kale/collard greens, Swiss chard, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, carrots, leeks
- Herbs: garlic, rosemary, mint, basil, oregano
- Specials: cilantro pesto, ornamental mini-gourds
Life Learning Academy students will package and deliver boxes to Treasure Island families that have been homeless for the holidays and other families in need, in coordination with the San Francisco Food Bank.
About the Life Learning Academy’s Organic Opportunities Program
Nothing is more important to human life than food. Our health and well-being as individuals, as communities, and as a society relates directly to how we produce or acquire, distribute, and consume our food.
Life Learning Academy’s Organic Opportunities uses food as a tool to engage students in academic learning, vocational training, and personal development. By involving students in every component of the food system, Organic Opportunities also aims to alter students’ relationship with food, inspiring them to develop healthy lifelong eating habits and share that new knowledge with the surrounding community.
Organic Opportunities consists of four distinct classes: Garden/Business, Nutrition, Culinary Arts, and Math/Construction. Together, students in these four classes develop and manage all components of the Organic Opportunities enterprise — a backyard mini-farm and produce business.
Whether students are researching greenhouse designs, tabulating results from a market research questionnaire, analyzing the nutritional content of salsa, or discovering new and delicious ways to prepare Swiss chard, all coursework relates directly to the Organic Opportunities enterprise, and ultimately to student and community health and well-being.
Students in Organic Opportunities classes demonstrate their new knowledge and skills in a variety of ways throughout the year. Their ongoing enterprises include bi-monthly delivery of the fresh produce they grow to formerly homeless families living on Treasure Island and other families in need and operation of a produce stand at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on selected weekends.
About Life Learning Academy
Life Learning Academy (LLA), a diploma-granting San Francisco Unified School District Charter School founded in 1998 by the Delancey Street Foundation, serves 75 high-risk youths, 14-18 years old, who have not been successful in traditional school settings for a variety of reasons. LLA’s goal is to create a safe learning community characterized by high expectations and standards for mental and emotional growth, the development of structure and a value system, use of the latest educational and technological tools and strategies, community service and cross-cultural understanding. Life Learning Academy uses project-based learning to motivate youths, engage them in learning and provide opportunities to develop responsibility, judgment, and the skills necessary for productive adulthood.