Graciela Ruiz
Spring 2022

I partnered with Foodwise (formerly known as CUESA) a Bay area based nonprofit organization focused on connecting members of the Bay Area community with fresh, local food and sustainable farms. During my partnership with this organization, I provided support in Foodwise’s youth education program (Foodwise Kids), leading discussion around topics on nutrition, wellness, and sustainability. I also assisted in introducing children and their families to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that they had not previously known and led demonstrations on how those foods can be worked into their diets. A key takeaway from this experience has definitely been witnessing the value in the collaboration between agribusiness and community organizations and how it has the potential to improve nutrition and wellness of local communities.