Best Food Forward
Best Food Forward (BFF) is a collaborative and holistic approach to food security. By providing healthy food and nutrition education for schools and families at five schools in the Warren Consolidated School District:
- Green Acres Elementary
- Pearl Lean Elementary
- Siersma Elementary
- Beer Middle School
- Warren Mott High School
Good nutrition is basic to good health and improves outcomes for students and families.
BFF Mobile Pantries:
The monthly truckloads of healthy and delicious foods occur at schools. Families are provided with about 30 pounds of food like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain items, protein, milk, and other shelf-stable grocery items.
Call ahead to confirm the date/time at (586) 698 – 4120. You can attend at any school at a time that is most convenient for you. View the September 2020 Mobile Pantry Bulletin.
Did you know that your child can receive breakfast at school?
For more information, contact us at 1.888.4.WCSKIDS (1-888-492-7543) and mention “Best Food Forward.”
Meet Up and Eat Up is providing healthy lunches to fuel your summer, free! Summer lunch is available beginning 7/1/20 through 8/28/20 at Siersma Elementary School, Monday – Friday from 12:25pm – 12:45pm.
Community food pantries are places where families can get free groceries. Contact one of the resources in our Best Food Forward community for more information:
Woodside Bible Church – Warren Campus
Operates a community food pantry, thrift store, and laundromat.
27300 Hoover Rd, Warren 48093
Liberty Family Outreach
Operates a mobile food pantry.
3800 E Eleven Mile Rd, Warren 48901
Holy Cross Lutheran
Provides emergency food assistance to families.
30003 Ryan Rd, Warren 48901
Macomb Food Program
Provides information and referral to emergency food resources in the community.
***There will be virtual and in-person opportunities available. Please check back here later for more information.***
Would you like to create healthy meals on a budget that your family will enjoy? Participants receive groceries and a handbook with recipes and tips for stretching their food budgets. The series is six weeks for two hours.
Cooking Matters at the Store:
Cooking Matters at the Store for Adults is a guided grocery store tour that teaches low-income adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars. During the 1.5 hour tour, participants are empowered with four key food skills:
1. Reading food labels
2. Comparing unit prices
3. Finding whole grain foods
4. Identifying three ways to purchase produce
Cooking Matters for Kids:
Children ages 8-12 learn how to prepare healthy recipes independently and make smart choices in school, shopping, or eating out.
Cooking Matters for Teens
Teens ages 13-18 learn how to prepare healthy recipes and make smart choices in school, shopping, or eating out.
Take the stress out of mealtime with FEAST. Parents of very young children can learn how to manage picky eaters and mealtime tantrums while promoting positive eating habits. This series is for 4 weeks. Parents can register for FEAST classes at any participating school, regardless of location.
Resource for Parents
Managing Food Resources
Would you like to volunteer or participate in the Parent Advisory Committee? We will be asking parents and students to help us develop new programs and improve the ones that we have. If you care about providing healthy food for kids and families, and have time to volunteer, you can inquire about the PAC.
If you or your student are interested in participating in any of the BFF activities listed here, contact "Fritz" (Elizabeth Fritz-Cottle) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
These clubs are forming at your child’s school. Students in the elementary schools will be engaging in cooking, nutrition, and fitness activities. Middle school students can participate in a service club that works on a healthy food project. Please check back here later for more information.
Learn at Home
Try one of these activities at home with what you can find in the pantry. Sugar Overload (page 1) helps you visualize the amount of sugar in your favorite drinks. Putting Whole Grains to the Test (page 2) shows you how whole grains behave differently in our bodies.
Partnership with WSU
Wayne State University is partnering with the Best Food Forward partners, staff, and families within the school district to evaluate the project. As a partner, WSU works to discover how the BFF project partners are helping families connect with healthier food options in the school and the community. WSU will learn from families in the school district the strengths and challenges of the BFF project, of the community, and of the school district by asking parents or guardians and their students to take a survey and participate in a health screening. The WSU team will use what they have learned to improve the project, the community, and the school environment. You can expect a full report by spring 2022.
If you have questions about the evaluation please contact:
Dr. Rachael Dombrowski
Link 2 Feed
Link 2 Feed is an online system that will enable faster check-in and social distancing at mobile pantries.
Once you register you will receive a client service number, save this number by writing it down or taking a screenshot on your phone. Present this number at the next mobile you attend to receive a client services card. The client services can be used for check-in at each mobile pantry distribution.
If you are unable to complete the Link 2 Feed registration online you can request a paper registration form at the next mobile distribution you attend.