About Us
Recipe for Success Foundation was launched in 2005 by Gracie & Bob Cavnar to lead the way in combatting childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and by helping the community provide healthier diets for our kids. In just a few years, our hands-on curriculum grew to the largest outreach of its kind in the nation, empowering over 4,000 children each and every month with our evidence-based, signature Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™. Other initiatives to teach, empower and inspire healthy eating, like Hope Farms, the VegOut! Challenge, Farmers MarKIDS and Eat It! Food Adventures, promote a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated and celebrated in Houston and nationwide.

In 2012, after six years and millions of dollars spent on researching, creating, measuring and perfecting our curriculum, Recipe for Success Foundation started sharing our secrets for changing the way children eat. Through our Affiliate Partner program, any campus can deliver our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™. The extensive, hands-on curriculum -- designed for pre-K through eighth-grade students -- connects the produce in the children's gardens to the food on their plates and has produced remarkable and sustained behavior changes. We have also designed engaging contests, plus the freely available VegOut! Challenge and Farmers MarKIDS DAYS to either supplement our programming or stand alone. Recipe for Success Foundation makes healthy eating fun. Read how you can participate. And stay tuned for details as we re-imagine the powerful Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ curriculum for an online learning platform designed expressly for children and their families. Debuting in 2021 is

Hope Farms

img_0829.jpegis Recipe for Success Foundation's 7-acre Urban Agricultural Showcase and Training Center that grows fresh, affordable produce in the midst of a Houston "food desert" while training and providing small-business incubation, co-op services and workforce readiness for U.S. Veterans and others, preparing them to be urban agri-preneurs. The farm is also a healthy gathering place, offering regular cooking and gardening classes for children and adults, a weekly drive-through market, and public events that celebrate local food and the power of shared meals to build community. Hope Farms is a critical component in achieving Recipe for Success Foundation's mission to mobilize the community to provide healthier diets for children. More at

The VegOut! Challenge

H-VegOutCostumes.jpgRecipe for Success Foundation recognizes National Nutrition Month each year with the VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge. Launched in 2012, the VegOut! Challenge was created as a call to action to eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days and make healthy eating fun by turning it into a game. Reflecting its popularity, this unique challenge has been taken up by more than 50,000 people in all 50 states and as far away as Australia and Dubai. To help make it easy to follow and accessible to all, the VegOut! website and Mobile App offers hundreds of recipes and toolkits for parents, employers, teachers and health advocates and shares inspiration through live feeds of the Foundation's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Register to play today at

farmers marKIDS is a free, downloadable, project-based curriculum farmers markids day.pngdesigned to teach children about the business of food by involving them in every aspect of creating a business to sell their home or school garden produce. Students participating in farmers marKIDS will learn about how the food they eat everyday makes it's way from a farmer's field to the grocery store. This guide contains everything they need to organize their own produce stand, including downloadable graphics. Recipe for Success Foundation is promoting farmers marKIDS days every year in October between the 20th-26th to celebrate and showcase the efforts of our young agricultural entrepreneurs during the traditional harvest season.
Rhonda-small-bites.pngSpecial Events There is always something fun happening with Recipe for Success Foundation, from exquisite private dinners with the finest chefs to high-style fashion shows with amazing designers, or private cooking classes at RecipeHouse and celebrations at Hope Farms, we like to #DoGoodHaveFun. Join us!
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