Helping Ninjas Love We Dine Together Organization

A beautiful example of what it means to be a Helping Ninja!

We are so inspired by this story and think everyone should know about this organization and these students are helping to make others feel included! Thank you for making a difference and starting We Dine Together! 

Visit their website https://www.wedinetogether.org

Video is from CBS News

Read the full story here:

High schooler spreads the message that nobody should have to dine alone https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spreading-the-message-that-nobody-should-have-to-dine-alone/

To learn more about them on Face Book, go to https://www.facebook.com/wedinetogether/

Helping Ninja Spotlight: Tennessee Brownies Honorary Members

Helping Ninjas would like to welcome our very first Brownie Troop to become Helping Ninjas! We are honored to have you aboard and helping us with the mission to help others and our planet! As our first official Brownie Troop to join us, we are making your an honorary member! Welcome Brownie Troop 2298 of Spring Hill Tennessee!

The are the first official Brownie Troop to become Helping Ninjas!
Helping Ninjas Newest Members: Brownie Troop 2298, Sycamore Hills, Spring Hill Tennessee

New Helping Ninja Mission: Thank A Firefighter

Accept the Ninja Mission and thank a firefighter today!

#helpingninjas #thankafirefighter

Brownie Troop 2298 thankful for their local Fire Station Spring Hill Station No. 3

Thank you Karoline from Spring Hill Tennessee!

Karoline gave us a great idea for a new Helping Ninja Mission! To take the time to thank a fire fighter! She is right! Fire fighters protect our communities everyday, they deserve to be thanked! You can do this by visiting a local station, or even making them thank you cards! The Helping Ninjas wants to help support Karoline’s wish and fire fighters across the globe! We are thankful for all fire fighters!

Thank you Karoline for being an inspiration and aHelping Ninja!

November 29, 2017

Hi! I am six years old and my Brownie Troop visited the Spring Hill Fire Station No.3 in Williamson County Tennessee. Our troop made chocolate brownies and took them to the fire fighters at the fire station and thanked them for their service! I think everyone should be a helping ninja and thank a fire fighter in some way.

Helping Ninja, 9 yrs old, Third Grade, Spring Hill, TN  Brownie Troop 2298.

If you would like to thank these fire fighters or see more pictures of the brownie troop’s  trip to Spring Hill Station No. 3 – visit our FB Page  and post “Thank you Fire Station No. 3.” on the comments I the post. Click here… 

The new Helping Ninja Mission is posted here: Helping Ninja Mission List

 

 

Cafe Patachou Foundation Food Explorer’s Club

It’s Ok To Ask Questions: The Food Explorer’s Club by Robert Singer, Program Coordinator

An Article From The Cafe Patachou Foundation Website

I love to see the kids we serve make deep connections to the food they eat. Not only does it help them to create lifelong healthy habits, it encourages them to ask questions about the world around them. 

Last week, we served salads with crumbled falafel (ground chickpea patties) and locally sourced chicken during our after-school meals, and it had the students asking a lot of questions. 

One of our volunteers explained that falafel is Middle Eastern, and they discussed the various spices in the recipe. Then we chatted about the chicken, which was raised by a local farmer.

We strive to provide opportunities like these for kids to get curious and ask questions about where their food comes from and how it’s made.

Eating Delicious Food

That’s why we established our Food Explorers Club, a 10-week hands-on curriculum with a focus on experiential, interdisciplinary learning through growing, cooking, and trying new foods.

The Food Explorers curriculum is built on a series of standards we wrote with a team of trained educators. We teach students about nutrition, culinary skills and cooking, community, and the journey of food from farm to fork. These standards formed the basis of the Four Food Foundations:

Food is Fun
Food is from the Earth
Food is Fuel
Food is for Sharing

Guacamole MakingWe recently applied two of these foundations, Food is Fun and Food is for Sharing while making guacamole as a group. We learned about the five different tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami) as we sampled each raw ingredient including tomatoes, avocados, and red onion. We then combined them all to make guacamole from scratch: a fun and messy project! It was a reminder that food is fun, even when we’re cleaning avocado off our shirts.

 

We hope that by giving students the opportunity to experience food in a variety of ways, we can create a positive impact on their choices as they grow older.

Helping Ninja Mission: No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry

Childhood Food Insecurity

No Kid Hungry: Share Our Strength

The facts and information came directly from No Kid Hungry Organization’s Website. To read more visit: www.nokidhungry.org

48.8 million Americans—including 13 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.

Childhood Food Insecurity. 

What does this mean? Childhood food insecurity is the percentage of children under eighteen years old living in households that experience limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods at some point during the year.

Food-Insecure Families Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children.

Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households.

Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities

25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure.

The typical (median) food-secure household spent 27 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition.

59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (formerly food stamps), School Lunch and WIC.

 

Sweet Ruby Special: Patachou Foundation

Hi I’m A Helping Ninja! I love The Sweet Ruby Special.  It’s like a waffle but a grilled cheese! It tastes sweet and delicious! And what is so cool that when your order it at Cafe Patachou they give your money to help kids that are hungry and can’t afford to eat at the time.  So, I can help kids too to by eating it! I like like dipping the waffle  in the tomato soup. The soup has artichokes for you and they are good for you because they have lots of fiber.  I hope everyone will try the Sweet Ruby Special. Thank you Ruby for your lemonade stand. Because of you, I get to help too!

Helping Ninja, Age 6, Kindergarten, College Wood Elementary

 

Sweet Ruby Special

The Goal of the Patachou Foundation is to prepare and serve healthy meals to children impacted by homelessness and hunger and increase their awareness, connection and excitement about the whole food they are eating. Read more about the foundation here…http://thepatachoufoundation.org