Think Rice? Think Summer Programming

Students at table filling out worksheets, male teacher at front of classroom
Rice in the classroom
Jun 25, 2019
BEAUMONT, TX – USA Rice has teamed up with Texas AgriLife Extension Service for their annual “Read and Feed” summer food program that provides lunch and educational activities for children ages 18 and younger.  The program is designed to educate students on nutrition and highlights the “Path to Plate” concept which explores how and why food grown in the United States is safe, and how to prepare more natural and less processed foods.

USA Rice provided a collection of resources including “U.S. Rice in the Culinary Classroom” school curriculum binders, K-2nd coloring books, 4-6th grade “U.S.-Grown Rice in the Classroom” activity books, rice samples, and a variety of promotional items.

“I am grateful to USA Rice for their continued support of the enrichment component of the program,” said Jefferson County Precinct Four Commissioner Everette “Bo” Alfred.  “Any assistance you provide to educate the youth of our community is greatly appreciated.”

USA Rice’s “U.S. Rice in the Culinary Classroom” was used as the underlying curriculum of the week-long program and presentations to the students were created based on it.

“Any opportunity where USA Rice can educate students living in a rice-growing state on the work that goes into producing rice and the importance of choosing U.S.-grown is a win/win scenario,” said USA Rice Domestic Promotion Manager Cameron Jacobs.  “The fact that this summer program also provides lunch to these students is the cherry on top.”

Throughout the summer, USA Rice will continue to support Texas AgriLife Extension Service for additional programs at area libraries, youth camps, and the Community Health Program.  USA Rice will follow-up in the fall at the county’s Child Care Conference helping out with a breakout session focusing on farm-to-table and rice production.