A new club has been begun meeting at Unity Charter School. The club is open to lower school and middle school students.  Understanding the importance that nutrition has on overall health and happiness has always been paramount.  Since it was founded in 1998 the school has been a vegetarian school.  At Unity Charter School, they understand the importance of sustenance and food education, which is why they have a food philosophy they adhere to. In addition to the school meals being vegetarian, they are zero-waste, freshly prepared, with local ingredients when possible, and nutritionally balanced.  Food scraps are also composted on campus, or delivered to a local farm where they are part of what is fed to farm animals,  

The clubs were started to build on these ideas of healthy eating.  Danielle Lang, who runs the two clubs said, “From the time my children were babies, I’ve always been passionate about getting them to eat homemade, nutritious food. I wanted to share that passion with the children I feed every day at Unity Charter School. As a result, I started an after-school Cooking Club.  For the middle school club, the idea is simple...compare and contrast the taste and cost of homemade versus store bought items. Educating our children at a young age about their buying power as consumers and cost efficiency will hopefully be a lifelong lesson they carry with them beyond their Unity years. This past week, I split the children into two groups and each group made their versions of salsa and guacamole. They unanimously chose the homemade versions over the store-bought varieties. Next week we will be making banana muffins!”

Unity Charter School is a tuition-free, public school in Morris Township that offers a unique approach to education for students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade throughout New Jersey. Enrollment is open to all New Jersey residents.

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