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New Leaf Community Market Brings Harvest of the Month to Gingerbread Preschool

Original post made by Patti Bond, another community, on Jan 28, 2016

This photo shows Gingerbread Preschool teacher Ms. Mika talking with her students about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. The kids are "eating it up!"

Every month, a bushel or crate of fresh, seasonal produce from New Leaf Community Market Pleasanton is delivered to the Gingerbread Preschool, located at 4333 Black Avenue, Pleasanton. New Leaf is supporting the school’s participation in Harvest of the Month, a California Department of Public Health program whose goal is increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and physical activity among Californians.

The program provides teachers with age-appropriate curriculum, materials and training, and New Leaf supplies the fruits and vegetables throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Samu Tiumalu, the City of Pleasanton Community Services’ recreation supervisor for preschool, youth and teens, said, “The Harvest of the Month allows us to teach children about the importance of fruits and vegetables in a fun way. Children will learn about the fruit or vegetable of the month, explore it, and even get to do a tasting. Harvest of the Month reinforces Gingerbread’s philosophy of teaching children through play and exploration. We are excited that we were able to partner with New Leaf Community Markets to make this program available to our children.”

“So far we’ve delivered Gala apples, Fuyu persimmons, broccoli and navel oranges to the preschool, and February will be dried beans,” said Noelle Blanco, Pleasanton New Leaf Community Market’s marketing coordinator. We are pleased to partner with Gingerbread, located only a few minutes from New Leaf Community Markets, and help our young neighbors learn and get excited about making healthy choices,” she added.

For more information about the Harvest of the Month program, visit www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov. For more information about New Leaf Community Markets’ community giving programs, visit www.newleaf.com/community

More About New Leaf Community Markets

A natural grocery company with seven stores including one located at 3550 Bernal Ave in Pleasanton, New Leaf has been serving the community for 30 years and Pleasanton for over three years. New Leaf is committed to offering customers choices that have the most beneficial impact on their health and the health of the environment. Helping customers make informed decisions is an integral part of this commitment. A wholly owned subsidiary of New Seasons Market since November 2013, New Leaf is the first grocer in California to achieve B Corporation certification, which means that New Leaf uses the power of business to solve social and economic problems. New Leaf’s mission, to nourish and sustain our community, is reflected in the 10 percent of profits given annually to support local nonprofits working to improve the quality of life. Connect at www.newleaf.com.

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