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This September marks one year since the PepsiCo Foundation– PepsiCo’s philanthropic arm – launched the pioneering Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program in partnership with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the grassroots project aims to teach Mexican and Mexican-American children about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, while discovering Mexican-American history and culture, which firmly supports PepsiCo’s commitment to helping people lead healthier lives.

Our partners from LA Plaza de la Cultura y Artes built an amazing 30,000 square foot garden with a variety of vegetables and fruits, which over the course of the year, have grown into something these kids can truly be proud of. The organization provides food classes on a daily basis to children that live in the outskirts of urban Los Angeles and often below the poverty line. With this partnership, we have been able to provide transportation to the center, and enjoyable cultural and educational experiences to more than 6,000 students and counting. Watch a short video on the program below.

Most importantly, this program has helped children understand that food comes to earth and have instilled conscious nutritional thoughts and a respect for the land. The program uses food and garden as sources of inspiration to educate, celebrate, and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican Americans. As a strategic and leading partner of the PepsiCo Foundation, LA Plaza de Culture y artes has embraced and witness the opportunity to pilot a program that challenges our children to take ownership of their health through food choice and has seen outstanding results in a short period of time.