Harlem Seeds is a recipient of the What’s On Your Plate? Buy a Bundle – Give a Bundle Initiative.
If you have the chance to make it to Harlem Seeds’ Harlem Family Dinner on December 16, chances are you might hear one of the following exclamations around the dinner table:
“This is delicious!”
“I never knew Kale could taste this good!”
And one of our favorites:
“What’s on your plate?”
Harlem Seeds, co-founded by sisters Michele Hatchette and Stephanie Mack, is a Harlem-based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Harlem youth to fuel their bodies with clean, safe, and healthy foods.
We first met the women behind Harlem Seeds at a community screening of What’s On Your Plate? in Harlem on October 3, 2011. An instant connection was established. We were working towards the same end: educating and empowering youth to make happy, healthy and informed decisions about what they put in their bodies.
In November, we invited Harlem Seeds co-founder, Stephanie Mack, to speak at the What’s On Your Plate? Story Leads to Action event at the 92YTribeca. She was joined by two other panelists: Maritza Owens, founder of the Harvest Home Farmer’s Market and Deb Lewison-Grant co-founder of Food Fight.
Stephanie’s discussion with the audience was uplifting and exciting. She described different components of Harlem Seeds’ programming like the Cooking Club, a group of fifteen students that meet every Friday to cook and learn about making healthy food choices. She also described Harlem Seeds’ community outreach work, and the Thanksgiving Produce Bags they put together for GrowNYC to sell at La Marqueta just prior to Thanksgiving.
Stephanie talked about the philosophy behind Harlem Seeds. She mentioned the inspiring thought that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a right we all share, and if we commit to that idea, making healthy choices can evolve from a burden to a means of empowerment.
Stephanie will be integrating the holiday bundles into the Harlem Seeds Harlem Family Dinner on December 16. We hope you will support their work, and buy a bundle and donate a bundle (or three!) to Harlem Seeds!