The Community Wellness Project (CWP) began in 2007 to address health and nutrition issues in Jefferson County schools. Our work has included creating and maintaining school gardens, helping food service procure local organic food, and working with educators to enhance the curriculum with nutrition and culinary options.
CWP is pleased to support all local farm to school efforts and our current focus is to assist the Chimacum School District in exploring healthy food options for all students, continuing to nurture the successes they are having with school gardens, update their Wellness Policy and help develop curriculum and technical education options.
The Community Wellness Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
The Community Wellness Project is a community based group dedicated to cultivating the health, resiliency and wellbeing of our students and families.
- To educate students, their families, school staff and community members of the importance of childhood wellness, including nutrition
- To advocate for fresh, whole and seasonal foods in place of highly process ones
- To support the school board and administrators, food service providers and farmers to overcome barriers to buying and serving local and regionally grown foods
- To assist in making school gardening projects successful
- To promote efforts to offer vocational experiences in the culinary arts
- To support classroom teachers and staff in developing projects and curriculum that promote overall wellness
- Work hand in hand with our local farming communities to cultivate health and well being
- Form partnerships with The Food Coop and organizations such as the Food Council to take advantage of fundraising and education opportunities
- Raise funds by applying for local, state and national grants
- Inspire school personnel to envision and carry out opportunities to bring healthy choices into the schools by offering Community Wellness Project grants (e.g., gardens, food courses in the curriculum, and food service equipment that can take advantage of fresh and local food)
- Raise funds in a variety of ways (e.g., quarterly appeal letters, booths at County events, farm-to-table dinners, or other educational events)
The Community Wellness Project seeks to address issues of wellness among youth and families across Jefferson County, with a focus in the 2017-2018 school year on Chimacum and Port Townsend schools. Working with school parents, staff, administrators, and school boards, we are interested in strategic projects that address specific short-term wellness issues, as well as long-term initiatives that will lead to healthier structural change in programs, such as food service, schools gardens and wellness-related curriculum.
Our current project areas include:
TEACHERS & STUDENTS
CWP offers an annual small grants program of $500 each, to local teachers and school staff, to initiate programs that support student and staff wellness. For the 2017/2018 school year, funding was allocated to various Chimacum Schools for healthy classroom snacks, a classroom garden, a classroom foods project, student water bottles, classroom fees for the Food class at CHS and a small grant to PTHS to support their purchase of locally raised beef in their farm-to-school food service program.
CWP is interested in supporting schools to make progress towards increasingly healthy programs and services. Sample projects could include assisting the schools in the purchase of commercial kitchen equipment for expanding food service into local sourcing, or supporting classroom teachers in obtaining equipment or curriculum to expand the CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs to include food entrepreneurship. We see connections between such programming and drug and alcohol prevention efforts as well.
CWP is particularly interested in a healthy food system and how improvements to institutional food services can educate and inspire youth and families to move towards more nutritious eating patterns. Research has established that improved nutrition has far-reaching benefits to academic performance and overall wellness. CWP seeks to cultivate partnerships with other local individuals, organizations and agencies committed to healthy foods and healthy communities.
Harvest Dinner - Thank you all for a smashing success
Our Harvest Dinner on October 25th was a HUGE success! The event was sold out and Finnriver's Pavilion was packed to maximum. Students served delicious plated dinners prepared by Stacey Larsen (Food Services Director, Port Townsend School District), Margaret Garrett (NEW Food Services Director, Chimacum School District), Willy Ray (Food Services Director at Finnriver) and some wonderful community volunteers. Enthusiasm for healthy local food was the best takeaway of the night (along with some scrumptious desserts from the Dessert Auction)!
Thank you to all who volunteered--- It simply wouldn't have happened without YOU.
The Community Wellness Project is grateful to receive donations of any size to support programs in Jefferson County that promote the well-being and education of our youth and families. Contributions are utilized for small grant awards to local teachers, for curriculum and facilities improvements to our schools, and for events that educate or inspire continued involvement and action related to community wellness.
Thank you for considering a donation to The Community Wellness Project and for helping us create a healthier community!
To learn more about our programs, visit our PROGRAMS link here.
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The Community Wellness Project
P.O. Box 314
Chimacum, WA 98325
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