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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. We bring delicious, nutritious hands-on adventures to schools, community organizations, and farmers’ markets throughout Chicagoland.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

It’s good to eat “close to the ground.”

Incorporating a variety of fresh vegetables into our diet makes for interesting snacks and meals.

Different is good.

New-to-us fruits, vegetables and whole grains can replace processed foods and help develop healthier lifestyles at the same time.

Eating well and preparing our own food can be fun!

Adding fun and enjoyment to the food prep process is essential to long-term success.

Cooking is a family affair.

Raising awareness and teaching practical skills means that everyone can pitch in around the table.

Eat locally, but think globally.

Eating dishes from other cultures promotes tolerance, understanding and adventure!

Get to know your farmer.

Strike up a conversation with your local farmers or producer and you just might learn something new – while  gaining a newfound respect for the earth and our community.

Cooking builds connections.

Cooking together brings children, friends, neighbors and family back to the kitchen, creating a community centered around good food.

WHY IT MATTERS?

Did you know that 25% of Chicago’s children are overweight or obese. A newly released study from Chicago public health officials shows child obesity rates in the city are well above the national average of 17 percent (CDC). In Chicago’s low-income communities, the obesity rates for children may be as high as 70%.

These children are at greater risk of respiratory illness, diabetes, and heart disease, among other conditions. Obese children are also more likely to be obese as adults.

A recent study at Stanford University demonstrated the importance of nutrition education. Researchers found that nutrition education causes children to consume two times more veggies during their snack time. Check out the article and learn more about the study here.

Purple Asparagus is working to fight this epidemic, but we can’t do it alone. Please join us. Your donation will enable Purple Asparagus to introduce even more kids across Chicago to food that is healthy AND delicious.  For more information about making a gift, please click here.