We’re so proud to partner with a local company like Everyday Adventure Treats. EAT creates tasty handcrafted, gluten-free, vegan, fair-trade snack bars from real, wholesome ingredients. We had a chance to chat with EAT’s founder Rebecca Walter to find out what inspires her and why healthy, portable snacks are so important for kids.
How did EAT Treat’s relationship with The Patachou Foundation begin?
I discovered Matthew (TPF’s executive director) and The Patachou Foundation on Instagram four years ago when
we were both young organizations. As a snack bar company, my mission from the beginning was to do something to alleviate widespread food deserts vs. food accessibility. I called Matthew immediately and he invited me up to join for an afternoon at the TPF after-school program. The atmosphere and fresh angle of food education for kids brought me so much joy! Matthew and Martha have been true inspirations ever since.
How does EAT support TPF?
Everyday Adventures Treats goal is to be a zero-waste operation. We turn all of our surplus batter from each batch of full-size bars into a batch of mini bars – a healthy treat and perfect addition to The Patachou Foundation’s after-school meals.
What about The Patachou Foundation’s mission speaks to you?
What inspires me most about TPF is its central focus of interactive education. The familial atmosphere established by the staff and volunteers empowers the kids to share stories, ask questions, and truly take ownership of the choice they have for what they put into their bodies, and its effect on the world around them.
What has been the coolest part of your experience supporting The Patachou Foundation so far?
The whole experience of an afternoon happens very quickly with hungry, bustling kids, but there are these magical moments of sharing, teaching, and listening that make the whole thing glow. That’s the beauty, for me, of groups gathering around to share a meal; everything that happens from shared experience simply makes sense for that point in time.
Beyond keeping bellies full, why does food (and food access) matter?
Building a bit on my last answer, I believe food is a universal language. When individuals learn, together, where their food came from, and how to cook it, the vitality of connection magnifies. Access to real, whole foods, paired with an education, translates as a pathway to understanding our environment, economy, cultures, and ultimately each other.
What was your favorite snack as a kid?
Fruit, cereal, and peanut butter and jelly! My mom would leave sliced fruit around the house at all times for my brother and I. We would dart inside after hours of playing in the yard, devour some juicy oranges, cinnamon apples, or a whole melon, and get back to playing. Fruit and nuts are inseparable from my childhood, and that has lead to my mission to provide healthy, portable snacks beyond were they are currently accessible.