On February 10th students from Denver Elementary, Holmes Elementary and East End Elementary, as well as home schooled students, attended a Lincoln Day Celebration hosted by Wilmington College and the Meriam Hare Quaker Heritage Center. Grow Food, Grow Hope was on hand too, reading stories and talking about the kinds of food our Nation’s 16th president might have eaten. An emphasis was placed on foods that would have been found within 100 miles of the White House in the mid 1800’s.
We wanted students to get a first-hand idea of what it was like to only eat locally produced food, so, inspired by the book, "The 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating" by Alisa Smith and JB MacKinnon, as well as our own love of eating local, Grow Food, Grow Hope invited students to take part in a 100 Mile Challenge of their own. We asked students to make a meal or a snack with ingredients from within 100 miles of Wilmington and then report back to us in a survey to tell us how it went. With any luck, they will come to realize what eating locally really means and will learn to make more sustainable food choices in the future.