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DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS ADVENTURES

Since 2011, Purple Asparagus’ award-winning flagship program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures, has brought healthy foods to life for tens of thousands of elementary school children in Chicagoland schools.

Delicious Nutritious Adventures take place each month in the classroom during the school day and are taught by trained staff and volunteers. With each lesson, students explore a new healthy ingredient by learning about it, tasting it and “cooking” with it.

Purple Asparagus builds a bridge between the classroom and the home kitchen
Students take home recipes to their families after each lesson and each student receives a Purple Asparagus cookbook at the end of the program. Each school receiving the Delicious Nutritious Adventures program also has the opportunity to host a Family Cooking Program to introduce parents and caregivers to the Purple Asparagus approach to healthy eating while giving them an opportunity to sample Purple Asparagus recipes.

 
 
 

If you are an educator interested in bringing Delicious Nutritious Adventures to your school, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas for more information.

 

Purple Asparagus needs your help to bring Delicious Nutritious Adventures to more kids and families in Chicago! GIVE NOW!

 
 
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FAMILY COOKING PROGRAMS

 
 

IN SCHOOLS:

Family Cooking Programs are offered as a supplement to our Delicious Nutritious Adventures in the classroom, helping to build a bridge between the classroom and the home kitchen. Family Cooking Programs help to introduce parents and caregivers to the Purple Asparagus approach to healthy eating while giving them an opportunity to sample Purple Asparagus recipes.

IN THE COMMUNITY:

Our Family Cooking Programs are offered to the community as both one-time lessons and multi-lesson series. Delicious Nutritious Adventures lessons and recipes are adapted to be engaging for both kids and adults, and to help families engage in the exciting world of fruits and vegetables together in a way that is meaningful and fun.

Family Cooking Programs are offered year-round for community/private groups and can be adapted to meet the specific needs of your group.

 
 
 

If you are interested in hosting a Family Cooking Program for your group, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas for more information.

 

Purple Asparagus needs your help to bring Delicious Nutritious Adventures to more kids and families in Chicago! GIVE NOW!

 
 
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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Healthy-eating education does not stop at the classroom door.

Over the years, Purple Asparagus has engaged tens of thousands of kids, adults and families through health fairs, farmers markets, special classes and other community events, including the Good Food Expo, Epicurious Entertains Chicago, Chicago Kids Day, and many more.

In collaboration with several community-based health and social justice partners, Purple Asparagus seeks to improve the health of all of Chicago’s children and provides programming to groups large and small, regardless of race, religion, color, location, ability, access and/or means.

 
 
 

If you are interested in bringing Purple Asparagus to your next community event, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas for more information.

 

Purple Asparagus needs your help to bring Delicious Nutritious Adventures to more kids and families in Chicago! GIVE NOW!

 
 
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SUMMER PROGRAMS

Exploring the world of fruits and vegetables with Purple Asparagus doesn’t end with the school year. We can partner with your community summer camps and youth programs to provide a one-time Purple Asparagus program or a series of regular programs with learning and fun customized to your age group and ability.

 
 
 

If you are interested in bringing Purple Asparagus Summer Programs to your community, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas for more information.

 

Purple Asparagus needs your help to bring Delicious Nutritious Adventures to more kids and families in Chicago! GIVE NOW!

 
 
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WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Purple Asparagus’ team of super Spears have years of professional and personal experience helping kids, adults and families learn more about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables every day. In addition, as professional executives, food lovers and active philanthropists, our team has skills and experiences in a myriad of areas that we are happy to share with our community.

If you would like to bring a member of the Purple Asparagus team as a speaker or activity leader to your next luncheon, event, training and/or workshop, please contact our Deputy Spear, Connor O’Laughin for more information.

 
 
 

If you are interested in bringing Purple Asparagus to your next professional event, please contact our Deputy Spear, Connor O’Laughlin for more information.

 

Purple Asparagus needs your help to bring Delicious Nutritious Adventures to more kids and families in Chicago! GIVE NOW!

 
 
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Try our Delicious Nutritious Recipes at home!

 
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OUR IMPACT:

Our Delicious Nutritious Adventures program fights obesity, promotes heart health, and decreases the risk for type 2 diabetes by teaching kids the importance of eating fruits and vegetables in a way that is fun and memorable.

Our Little Spears then in turn inspire their families to explore new foods by preparing our delicious and nutritious recipes at home.

Purple Asparagus isn’t just helping local kids and families today…
we are building a future of healthy and adventurous eaters for a lifetime.

 

After an exciting year of
Delicious Nutritious Adventures
in the classroom…

 
 
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Who We Served…

in 17 Schools and 22 Communities across Chicagoland.

What We Ate…

19 pints of blueberries

573 apples

74 bags of carrots

50 heads of romaine lettuce

 
 
 

JOIN US!

There are lots of ways you can help to educate children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.

 

Every financial gift is important to us.
Whether it’s a one-time contribution or a monthly sustaining gift, every dollar will help us reach more kids and their families.

Giving your time and talent to help kids and families in Chicago learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables every day will have a lasting impact on the future.

Do you have an adventurous spirit, a love of eating healthy fruits and vegetables, and a passion for serving our community?
Join our team!

 
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