HealthCorps project to create on-campus food bank takes off in Houston

Posted 10/14/2015 | By HealthCorps

For Immediate Release
October 14, 2015

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HealthCorps project to create on-campus food bank takes off in Houston

● What – Apollo Market Kickoff Health Fair
● When – Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
● Where – Sharpstown High School teacher parking lot, 7504 Bissonnet Street, Houston

HOUSTON (October 14, 2015) – On October 17th the Apollo Market, a student-run, on-campus grocery store, will launch during a health fair at Sharpstown High School. The Market began as the dream of a young educator who wanted to bring fresh food to his high school students surrounded by a food desert.

During his two-year term at Sharpstown High, then-HealthCorps Coordinator Max Blumenthal noticed while he was teaching kids about healthy eating and living, many students didn’t have access to such comforts. He proposed the project to the Houston Food Bank in 2014, which received funding for the pilot project through a Healthy Cities Grant from Morgan Stanley. At the Market, teens can receive food for their families free of charge.

HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard, who has recently returned to her home state of Texas, said “We encourage outside-the-box thinking with our Coordinators as they work with students and staff. Max’s vision has taken root within the larger Houston community. This partnership between Sharpstown’s amazing leadership, the Houston Food Bank and our programming is a fantastic example of what we are trying to do around the country.”

Founded in 2003 by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, the nonprofit HealthCorps is currently active in 44 high-needs high schools nationwide, in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Bridging the gap between school curriculum and real-world needs, HealthCorps Coordinators – recent college graduates with a passion for health – work in classrooms, the lunchroom and run after-school clubs that incorporate nutrition, fitness and mental resilience into a comprehensive health education.

HealthCorps partnered with Sharpstown High in 2008, making it the first Houston school to receive the HealthCorps curriculum. The Houston Independent School District is also one of the first districts nationwide to receive HealthCorps University training, a train-the-trainer professional development program that makes HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school or organization.

HealthCorps and other community partners will be running booths during the Apollo Market Kickoff Health Fair, during which families will be provided around 30 pounds of groceries each. The Market will be open Tuesday afternoons and every other Saturday morning after the launch.

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