Growing My Plate

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Apple Seeds, and the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute have an exciting funding opportunity to announce thanks to the Kohl’s Cares Foundation.

Studies show that children are more likely to prefer fresh fruits and vegetables and have a greater willingness to try new foods when they receive hands-on gardening education along with nutrition education. To that end, $600 stipends are available to support the implementation of Growing My Plate, an addendum for integrating garden activities into the six-session Cooking Matters for Kids or Teens curricula. These funds can be used to purchase necessary kitchen equipment, recipe ingredients, gardening supplies and materials, and additional recipe ingredients to send home with students.


In order to participate, you must:

  • Participate in training provided by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Apple Seeds.

  • Provide a budget report indicating how you used your funds.

  • Administer pre- and post-test surveys to participants.

  • Return all requested paperwork within one week of your course completion.

Contact Info

If you are interested, please contact Cooking Matters Director Alex Handfinger ( or call 501-399-9999) to discuss this opportunity.

  • Please have considered the following: possible collaboration with other community organizations, target timeframe, recruitment of students, access to a garden, and access to kitchen facility (by no means is a full kitchen necessary; hot plates can do the trick too!).