New Program Teaches East Harlem Students Healthy Eating Habits

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Dole Grant Funding to Help Gardening and Cooking Programs for New York City Children

Contact: Anthony Ramos, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917- 204-8214,

New York, NY – Today, Dole Food Company, Inc. and the Children’s Aid Society celebrated the Go!Healthy Program in East Harlem, funded in part by a grant from Dole.  Second-grade students from P.S. 50, a Children’s Aid Society Community School, learned to cook healthy and delicious dishes using fresh fruits and vegetables, including some from a garden they planted at school.  

“We are grateful to Dole for their support for the Go!Healthy program,” said Richard Buery, President and CEO, Children’s Aid Society.  “Wellness and nutrition are so important to our youth – if these kids aren’t getting the nutrients they need, it will affect every aspect of their lives.  The Go!Healthy program teaches kids how to make healthy choices and lead healthy lives.”

“We are so excited to partner with the Children’s Aid Society for the Go!Healthy Program,” said Marty Ordman, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Dole Food Company, Inc.  “Healthy habits start at a young age and it is so important that we give our children the tools they need, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and easy recipes, to ensure that they lead a healthy lifestyle.”

The cooking class highlighted the skills students have learned as a part of the Go!Chefs program, which introduces children and youth from low-income neighborhoods across New York City to healthy, fresh foods through fun, hands-on learning experiences.

Dole’s contributions to the Go!Healthy and Go!Chefs programs are an example of the company’s continued commitment to reducing the rates and impact of childhood obesity in the U.S. through early educational interventions.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at 212-949-4938/917-204-8214 email or visit