Angelica Archilla is our volunteer of the month for May! She was raised in Colombia, but has lived all over the world before moving to and falling in love with Houston! Angelica has a burning passion for nutrition and fitness. She loves to try new recipes and competes in triathlons and half marathons in her spare time. She started volunteering with Recipe for Success 3 years ago with Chef Kendall at Rodriguez Elementary. Angelica took some time off, but came back to us earlier this year. Before starting back up, we had a chat about how she specifically wanted to help parents make healthier decisions for their children. I knew in that moment that she would be the perfect fit for our parent class at Rodriguez. She thinks the parent class is "right on point" by boosting awareness and education about nutrition and the current obesity epidemic. She says the class is more like a team because everyone has the same end goal, better health for our children. They are able to share tips, input, opinions, and recipes with each other.
Her most memorable experience with Recipe for Success thus far is a field trip to Fiesta Mart. It was a revealing and enlightening moment for the parents about healthy choices they can make in the grocery store.
We are happy to have Angelica apart of the Recipe for Success team and appreciate all of her hard work at Rodriguez!
Our parent class is taught in Spanish every other Wednesday morning at Rodriguez Elementary. It follows a similar structure to our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education; teaching parents the nutritional benefits of gardening and cooking through experiential learning. If you would like to bring a parent class to a school near you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!