Whole Foods’ Family FUNdraiser this weekend in the Glebe

September 1, 2015 | by glebeadmin
The Whole Kids Foundation Family FUNdraiser is on this Saturday at Lansdowne.

The Whole Kids Foundation Family FUNdraiser is on this Saturday at Lansdowne.

Calling all little gardeners and young foodies! Saturday is your day in the Glebe, as Whole Foods Market hosts its first-ever Family FUNdraising Day at the Horticulture Building.

The event is a fundraiser for the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program and aims to teach young kids about the importance of nutritious food, their environmental responsibility and the connection between the food on their plate to the plants growing in the soil.

The event runs in the afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Horticulture Building and will feature live music, courtesy of Derek McKinley from Sing Song Party Time.

Kids will also have the chance to see and touch tarantulas, lizards, alligators and other reptiles when Little Ray’s Reptile shows up. Kids can also make their own bean bottle planter, learn about gardening or play the Rainbow food game during the event. Whole Foods at Lansdowne is hoping the event will raise some much-needed cash for schools in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to build new or upgrade existing edible gardens on school grounds.

The Whole Kids Foundation says the garden grant program “fosters a relationship between students and their food,” and “creates knowledge of and respect for whole nutritious food, informing their food choices for years to come.”

Since 2011, the Foundation has given out nearly $4.2 million in grant funds to over 2,100 schools and garden-related community organizations.

Organizers are hoping this weekend’s event raises even more cash to pass along to area schools. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at Whole Foods Market Lansdowne. Children under 5-years-old are free. The event starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit www.wholekidsfoundation.org.