Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc.

Program Type: Garden Classrooms, School Cafeterias, Academic Classrooms
Grade/Age: Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
Number Served: 500-1,000
Year Founded: 2011

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc. is a community based project that is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the USDA, it has a primary focus on raising awareness leading to community action where health and social disparities exist. The mission of Mississippi Roadmap is to achieve health equity by advocating for changes within the community institutions that influence people’s everyday lives. The goal is to change these institutions so that they support and never inhibit the community’s efforts to be healthy. The Roadmap Project uses an innovative, multi-pronged approach toward eradicating and/or minimizing the structural or social barriers relevant to disparities in health among vulnerable populations in Jackson, Mississippi. Since it began in 2003, the project has achieved many successes, including the active support of school officials and food-service workers, who as a result of our influence on improving their health, have moved closer to changing school food policy toward healthier, fresh ingredients for students’ lunch.

Mississippi Roadmap hosts FoodCorps service members who work in several communities around the state, including the capital city, Jackson. Service members are responsible for maintaining or building at least 2 school gardens and using these gardens as tools to teach the relative school communities about healthy food options. Through the development of school gardens and relationships with teachers, students, parents, community members and others, service members help conduct “action research” to understand and document the factors that influence, and the resources that support nutrition and physical activity in their service sites. By pursuing local farmers and food service directors, service members also encourage the development of Farm to School sourcing patterns across the state.
 

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Title Subject Resource Type Location Grade/Age

Seeds

  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Other
Lessons Garden, Academic Classroom
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-6

Food Preservation

  • History
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Other
Lessons Garden, Academic Classroom
  • Pre-K
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-5

US Food System

  • Culinary
  • Nutrition Education
  • History
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Lessons Academic Classroom
  • Grades 1-5

Eating the Rainbow

  • Culinary
  • Nutrition Education
  • Science
  • Art
Lessons Garden, Kitchen, Cafeteria, Academic Classroom
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-5

Adopt-A-Seedling!

  • Culinary
  • Math
  • Science
Lessons Garden
  • Grade 3

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Name Description

Abigail Phillips

 As the FoodCorps Fellow in Mississippi I support 7 service members across the state in their efforts to build school gardens,...

Willie Nash

Anna Richardson

Graham Downey

Winnie Rubin

 I spend my time at Pecan Park Elementary School and Dawson Elementary school teaching garden education and nutrition education,...

Last updated September 26, 2013