Sweet sticky peach juice runs down chins of happy children. Small hands draw pictures of their favorite fruits and vegetables and then are raised high with questions on how to ripen peaches and plums in a bag. “Do you have to use special paper or is Dollar Tree paper ok?” one girl asked.
This is the heart of Amber Stott’s new non-profit, the California Food Literacy Center. A self-proclaimed child on the inside she teaches kids about smart food choices in an after-school program at Capitol Heights Academy in Oak Park.
Healthy food is becoming more available to low-income families but there’s a gap in educating them on how to use it. Stott wants to fix the problem. “There’s a burning in my belly to do something more," she said. “I wanted to spread love and have them be inspired by food like I am.”