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OUR MISSION

Purple Asparagus educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Through exploration and discovery, we inspire a lasting love of delicious nutritious foods.

OUR VISION

Purple Asparagus envisions a world where every child, every family and every community enjoys good health and a healthy planet through a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

OUR CAUSE

We provide education and inspiration for those in our community with access to delicious and nutritious foods to help them make better choices and explore the exciting world of healthy eating.

We advocate for those in our community without access to delicious and nutritious foods and fight for the access, equity and opportunity for every individual to live a delicious nutritious life.

OUR COMMITMENT

Just as we celebrate the amazing diversity of flavors, textures, tastes and colors in the fruits and vegetables we teach children and families about eating every day, we celebrate the diversity of the people in our community, today and every day.

Purple Asparagus is changing the future …one bite at a time, for everyone.

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“He’s a very picky eater and is wary of trying new foods. He loved Purple Asparagus day and would look forward to it each month.

He loved talking about the foods he tried. For him, I think the program took away his fear of trying new foods, which was a big hurdle for us.”

Purple Asparagus Parent

 
 

Purple Asparagus teaches thousands of children across Chicagoland how important and exciting it is to eat fruits and vegetables every day.

 
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With the generous support of our partners, donors and sponsors, we have reached more than 10,000 elementary age students and their families since 2010. Amazing, right!?

Well, it gets better…
Our 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 new Little Spears then in turn inspire their families to explore new foods by preparing our delicious, nutritious recipes at home.

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

 
 

Our work has a lasting impact on the lives of Chicago’s youth and their families.

 
 

Check out our latest video to hear directly from Audrey and Lazaria, two wonderful Little Spears who are now sixth graders at National Teachers Academy in the Near South Side.

They have both continued their adventurous love of fruits and vegetables into young adulthood.

 
 
 

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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We CHANGE LIVES with a little help from our friends!

 

PARTNER SCHOOLS

 
 
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John Barry Elementary School

Belding Elementary School

Lyman A Budlong Elementary School

Jonathan Burr Elementary

Cesar E Chávez Multicultural Academic Center

Dewey School of Excellence | AUSL

Euclid Elementary School

Horace Greeley Elementary School

Helge A Haugan Elementary School

 

PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERS

Indian Grove Elementary School

Rufus M Hitch Elementary School

LEARN Excel

Leslie Lewis Elementary School | AUSL

Manierre Elementary School

National Teachers Academy | AUSL

Polaris Charter Academy

A N Pritzker School

Prussing Elementary School

 

$15,000+

The Lumpkin Foundation

Skender Foundation

$10,000+

Polka Dot Fund

$5,000+

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Mars Food North America

Little Owl Fund

The Sumac Foundation

$2,500+

Swedish Covenant Hospital

Tracy Family Foundation

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

$1,000+

Chicago Children's Wellness

Ingredion Incorporated

$500+

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Purple Asparagus is fortunate to also have numerous generous individuals who give of their time, talent and treasure to support our mission to educate children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.

THANK YOU for your continued support!

 
 
 
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Purple Asparagus is committed to diversity and inclusion…

 
 

…both on our plates and in our communities.

Salty, sour, sweet… Oh My! At Purple Asparagus, every flavor, texture, taste and color has a place on our plate. As we lead our Little Spears on taste adventures through the exciting world of fruits and vegetables, we celebrate the amazing diversity of the foods we eat, and the people we meet, in a way that is engaging, meaningful and fun for everyone.

Purple Asparagus embraces every individual in every family and community, and we pride ourselves in inspiring people of all ethnicities, cultures, genders, religions, sexual orientations, income levels and viewpoints to become engaged with Purple Asparagus and to fall in love with delicious, nutritious foods.

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.

We provide education and inspiration for those in our community with access to delicious and nutritious foods to help them make better choices and explore the exciting world of healthy eating; and we advocate for those in our community without access to delicious and nutritious foods and fight for the access, equity and opportunity for every individual to live a delicious nutritious life.

Purple Asparagus is changing the future… one bite at a time, for everyone.
Bon Ap-pea-tit!

 
 
 
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