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|Marketing to Kids
|Let's Make it a Positive Experience!
to children has always been a commercial endeavor instead of an
educational endeavor. Kid-focused marketing has long had a negative
connotation caused by the commercialization of education by big
business interested in increased profits. It has been concerned with
selling soft drinks and high-caloric low-nutrition foods in schools to
establish a life long customer relationship at an early age. Needing
funds to support school programs, administrators
have opted to improve revenue for the school system in exchange for
exploding obesity rates and a decline in the overall health of the student body.
local food in your school food service program can be a positive
educational experience and a fundraising program for your school.
for your school food service program should be directed toward the
students and also to school administrators, teachers, parents and the
community. Students should be encouraged to follow a healthier way of
eating and their peers, teachers, parents and community members should
be encouraged to support this effort. The adults in the community have
a special responsibility to ensure that children are being educated
about healthy nutritious food choices and not being exploited as a life
Please visit our blog for ways to market your school food service program.
|Dear Customer, |
that time of year when spring is just around the corner, and
local food conferences are in abundance! Each year
we look forward to attending the conferences in our area as it's
always a great opportunity to visit with customers and friends,
hear new ideas and discover the latest trends. One of our
new ideas is a larger reusable price card - you asked, and we answered. Please see the info below.
southeastern Michigan, we are also looking foward to May
17-19, when the national farm to cafeteria conference will be held in
Detroit. It is hosted by the National Farm to School Network, with our friends at FSEP
serving as the local hosts. We know it will be an exciting
conference with lots of new ideas about marketing local foods to
schools, and engaging students by developing healthy menus
and school gardens. We hope to see many of you there!
Joan Tobin Rozelle
|Michigan Good Food Summit - February 25, 2010
| Equity - Sustainability - Thriving Economies
At Eat Local Food we are proud of the work we are doing with the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University in support of the Michigan Good Food Summit. The
summit, which is this Thursday, will assemble food system
stakeholders from across the state to shape a plan that propels
Michigan towards food production, distribution and marketing to support
equity, sustainability and thriving economies. Good Food is about
building on our assets in ways that enable Michigan residents to thrive
and our communities to prosper. Even if you can't attend the summit, you have an opportunity to read and comment on the work group documents on the website.
Date: February 25, 2010
Location: Lansing Center, Lansing Michigan
For more information, go to http://www.michiganfood.org/.
|Choices Conference - March 10 & 11, 2010
|Collaboration: There's Room at the Table
Collaboration is defined
as a process where two or more people or organizations work together in
an intersection of common goals - by sharing knowledge, learning and
building consensus. This year, collaboration is at the heart of
the Michigan Nutrition Network's Choices Conference with the theme, "Collaboration: There's Room at the Table".
this year's conference, to be held March 10 & 11 at Michigan State
University's Kellogg Center, you will learn how to conduct a successful
urban garden project, discover food trends, learn how to cook
heart-healthy meals for your family, and explore strategies for
teaching nutrition education through school gardening.
Eat Local Food, we are pleased to be working with the Michigan
Nutrition Network on the Choices Conference for the 4th consecutive
year. Eat Local Food's "Garden Girls" was selected by the
organization as the image to represent this year's conference.
Attendees will receive, with their conference materials, an Eat Local
Food conference tote featuring the Garden Girls.
Date: March 10 & 11, 2010
Location: Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, E. Lansing MI
For more information and to register, please visit the Choices web site.