Sweetgreen lends a hand in educating underserved youth

Sweetgreen: Good Food, Good Values

Sweetgreen aka the restaurant brand that provides today's trendiest way to eat sweet, green, and clean, has wrapped another year in schools with the brand's #sginschools initiative.

The Sweetgreen in schools program started in the brand's home base of Washington, D.C. in 2013. Since then, the program has expanded to the majority of the brand's restaurants. Rather than spelling and math, the program focuses on health and wellness.

The majority of students engaged in the program come from underserved urban populations. Therefore, "the brand is hoping to inspire children to become defenders of wellness," said program director Laura Rankin in a 2014 interview with QSR. Between 2013 and 2014, the program served 1,200 students.

Now, the program has wrapped yet another successful school year. Sweetgreen in schools impacted 3,630 students in DC, MD, VA, Philadelphia, Boston, and NYC.

According to Sweetgreen's Tumblr page, the students learned to love vegetables. A student from Maury Elementary in DC said:

This year, the brand implemented a fun new way to teach the children to love their veggies. They invited local DC band The Walking Sticks to spread healthy messages through music. The students then wrote their own veggie-themed verses to the tune of Pharrell's "Happy."

Sweetgreen is changing the face of food for the better. It all starts with a healthy education!

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