BUFFALO—SUNY Erie Community College faculty and staff hosted more than 50 students from
Buffalo’s Waterfront Elementary for its second annual Childhood Nutrition Day,
a culinary, arts and education-focused event at the college’s Learning Garden
at Canalside on Tuesday, October 17.
by the American Culinary Federation, Chef and Child Initiative, the morning
event—complete with arts and crafts, cooking, fitness, and reading
activities—was led by SUNY Erie’s award-winning Culinary Arts staff and
students, with support from the college’s Early Childhood and Health, Wellness
and Physical Education Studies programs. Together with students from nearby
Waterfront Elementary, all partook in six different educational stations intent
on familiarizing attendees about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for
themselves and their families. And whether through instruction on plant life,
vegetables or constructing seasonal fruit skewers with pumpkins, SUNY Erie
community members connected with young students at a time when their dietary
habits are forming—and can be significantly influenced.
event is yet another element of the college’s robust service learning
initiative, as well as the latest example SUNY Erie and its Culinary Arts
Program’s commitment to community programming at the college’s Canalside-set
Learning Garden, which opened to students and the public in June 2015. Since
then, SUNY Erie and visiting students have used the downtown expanse to learn
about the integral relationship between people, land and food, as well as the
biological, chemical and physical need for green spaces. The garden now
features several different types of plant propagation methods for soil-based
growing systems, including open field, square foot vertical, and greenhouse
1946, SUNY Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body
while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of
the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable
and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, SUNY Erie’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and
partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu
or call (716) 851-1ECC.