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Food Genius Michael Rex

There are so many fennel fantastic people that support our mission to inspire kids to eat their veggies! We’d like to introduce you to Michael Rex, one of the many food geniuses that brings excitement and enthusiasm to our program.

Q: What initially drew you to Food Literacy Center’s Food Genius Academy? 

I’ve always been involved with children, working with non-profits and schools. When I moved to Sacramento, I heard there was an organization that taught kids about food-my two favorite things! I was presented with the opportunity to attend Food Genius training and jumped at it. It’s a perfect fit for me. 

Q: What is your favorite memory from participating in the academy?

My favorite part of the Academy was the reading project demonstrations everyone did. There was so much variety and they were all so creative and enthusiastic about their topics and lessons. It let us see much more of their personality and why everyone was in that room. 

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone interested in participating in the academy?

My advice to someone interested in the academy is: be prepared to fall in love-with the staff, with the mission, and with the kids. I most certainly did, and I know I’m not the only one!

Q: What is your favorite vegetable and how do you like to prepare it?

My favorite vegetables are beets! I actually like them steamed with a butter/balsamic glaze. But cold in salads or roasted with garlic are delicious as well.

Q: Food Literacy Center’s mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. Why do you believe food literacy education is important in the Sacramento region, specifically teaching low-income youth?

I believe most people, not just low-income, eat poorly for a variety of reasons. But, low income families often don’t have access to education about healthy and good food. If we teach the children, the whole family benefits. The knowledge will spread exponentially, and communities will be changed. 

To receive more information about becoming an eggplant enthusiastic Food Literacy Genius, click here!

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