Eat REAL Virtual Volunteer Summer Internship Program

The launch of our Summer Virtual Volunteer Intern Program was an incredible success, furthering our community engagement and shaping our youth outreach program. 

Six interns joined us to create educational social media campaigns for their peers, inspired by the Eat REAL standards. Their projects highlighted the importance of eating real whether through incorporating more plant-based options into your diet, the importance of eating locally and sustainably, and understanding where your food comes from and how it is made. 

As they developed their projects, our interns attended workshops in the science of Eat REAL, Communications and Social Media, and Presentation Skill Building. They had weekly one on one meetings with our team and the opportunity to hear from guest presenters. 

Eat REAL’s Chief Pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, led them through the history of health and nutrition science and how eating whole fresh foods is key to a healthy immune system. His expertise in the field and captivating presentation was a highlight for the cohort. 

The cohort also had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Riva Robinson for a motivational lecture and discussion. You can read more about the experience here

On the final day of the program, each intern was given the opportunity to “pitch” their campaign to their peers and the Eat REAL team. We were blown away by the passion and learnings that were shared during each presentation. All of the interns left the cohort as strong peer educators and new leaders for the real food movement!

Make sure to head to our Instagram, @eatrealcertified to see their campaigns, and help us celebrate their hard work!

The pandemic highlighted the importance of school meal programs in every community in the U.S., yet schools still aren’t receiving adequate support. Reliable access to real food has been shown to decrease stress and worry in children and young adults, as well as increase classroom participation, test scores, and grades. Healthful food is a right, not a privilege, and we have the ability to ensure it’s a reality for all children.

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All U.S. public schools are serving universal meals at no cost to families for the 2021-22 school year, thanks to pandemic relief waivers from USDA. California and Maine have become the first states to create permanent budget allocations that continue the practices indefinitely, and legislation has been introduced in Congress to make universal free school meals the norm nationwide. By helping schools serve scratch-cooked dishes made from real, whole food ingredients, we can work to ensure every child eats at least two nutritious meals a day.

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As free school meal participation rises and universal free school meal programs gain momentum across the country, we’re presented with an incredible opportunity to drastically decrease the amount of ultra-processed food kids consume. All U.S. public schools are serving universal meals at no cost to families for the 2021-22 school year, thanks to pandemic relief waivers from USDA. California and Maine have become the first states to create permanent budget allocations that continue the practices indefinitely, and legislation has been introduced in Congress to make universal free school meals the norm nationwide.

Follow the link in our bio to learn more about how we can get ultra-processed, health-harming junk food off our children’s plates.

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