What We Do
Food for Thought is a health and education program aimed at children aged between six and twelve who live in the vulnerable community Monte Chingolo, Argentina.
We focus on four key pillars….
Health & Nutrition
Nutritious food and a balanced diet are fundamental to good health and are essential to learning, social behaviour and cognitive development. We provide healthy meals combined with education around food and healthy hygiene habits.
Education drives sustainable social change within communities and we strongly believe that interaction and enjoyment are the keys to unlocking children’s learning. Primarily we educate through the arts, providing drama, art, music, yoga, healthy cooking, physical education, sustainable gardening, and recreation classes.
We work with children from many difficult backgrounds and circumstances. The children learn to respect themselves and support each other within this community context. We work closely with the families as to provide a holistic approach to the child’s integral development.
Environment and Sustainability
Teaching children about ecology, gardening, sustainability, and recycling, provides them with the tools to live more sustainable and healthy lives. We teach children to nurture and respect their local environment, which in return has a positive impact on their personal health.
To improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children through nutrition and creative educational activity.
To create, support and promote an environment where every child’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.
Why Are We Different
Our staff costs are covered by Social Opportunity Group – a social enterprise based in Oceania. With no administration costs, 100% of donations go towards food and education resources.
We aren’t some big faceless organization. Ben, Vale and the rest of the team work with the kids everyday, cooking meals and running classes. Follow along via our Instagram or Twitter feeds to see the tangible impact of your support.
We work directly with local communities, engaging everyone from age 5 to 75 to understand how we can best support them and build better opportunities for them in a sustainable and long-term way.
A primary school teacher and an actress. Born on opposite sides of the world. Brave enough to follow the same dream.
Many years ago in Madrid, Ben from New Zealand met Vale from Argentina and despite neither really speaking the other’s language, their friendship grew quickly. They both had observed first hand the impact of imbalance between the rich and the poor. They both had seen how disadvantaged communities continuously suffer from a cycle of poor quality education, non-existent social opportunity and unsustainably bad health habits. They both felt like it was time to take action.
So, they did. Ben and Vale agreed that the profits from Ben’s cafe in Melbourne would be diverted to a new social development program in Argentina: Food For Thought. On December 9th 2013, Food For Thought opened it’s doors and from humble begins the project has grown into a flourishing nutrition and education program, supporting over 30 young kids everyday.