"I love sharing new experiences with participants, whether it be introducing them to a new vegetable, a new cooking technique, or a new basic skill. The joy in learning a new process lights up the participants' face and warms my heart." -Cristina, Happy Kitchen Facilitator
These words above are an example of one of the longest-running pieces of SFC’s work: community engagement.
Many of our programs at SFC are designed around a promotora model. Promotoras, or community health workers, are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of the community in which they work.
While SFC doesn’t require a specific community health worker certification for promotoras, we have learned valuable lessons from this concept. The most important one is the value of asking community leaders to work alongside us in improving access to nutritious, affordable, local food.
Recognizing the knowledge, skills, and insight of community leaders is a key piece of SFC’s equity work. We do this not only because we believe it’s important, but also because it makes our work better.