November 4, 2015
November 16 opening to benefit Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students
BALTIMORE (November 4, 2015) – On November 16, sweetgreen, a destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food, will open its first Baltimore location in Harbor East. To celebrate Opening Day, the seasonal kitchen will donate 100% of proceeds on November 16th to Baltimore’s own Living Classrooms Foundation, their local sweetgreen in schools (SGIS) partner.
sweetgreen in schools is a homegrown program that educates kids about healthy eating, fitness and sustainability through fun, hands-on activities. SGIS has grown tremendously over the last five years and has impacted over 5,000 students in 3rd through 5th grade classes in over 50 schools around the country.
“We believe there is no such thing as a successful business in an unsuccessful community and that every child deserves to live the sweetlife. This is why we founded sweetgreen in schools and are looking forward to working with the perfect Baltimore partner, Living Classrooms,” said sweetgreen co-founder Nicolas Jammet.
Opening Day proceeds will specifically go towards Living Classrooms’ own Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students After School Program (BUGS). The BUGS program provides a dynamic learning environment at Living Classrooms’ East Harbor campus, with access to vegetable and flower gardens planted by the students, and the only wetlands on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Each salad purchased on opening day will support the development of a new irrigation system and the revitalization of the greenhouse.
sweetgreen in schools formally kicked off its partnership with Living Classrooms Foundation with two workshops for students ages 8-12, held at the Living Classrooms campus last month. These workshops, focused on seasonal eating, involved a discussion on what it means to eat in season, a demo of different seasonal fruits and vegetables and an activity on seasonality charts, ending with a tasting and salad creation.
“sweetgreen’s commitment to making a strong impact on every community they enter, paired with their focus on sustainable living, make them an easy and welcome partner for our foundation. We look forward to a great partnership,” said James Piper Bond, President and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation.
sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food. We believe the choices we make every day about what we eat, where it comes from, and how it’s made have a lasting impact on our communities. From the seed to the store, weare involved in every step of the supply chain, working with partners and farmers we know and trust. We make our food from scratch in each sweetgreen every day, using whole produce delivered that morning.
Founded by Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru in 2007, sweetgreen has grown into a national brand with 33 locations, thanks to a strong food ethos, embrace of passion and purpose, and investment in our local communities.
Today, we have a team of 1,500 hardworking individuals who care about developing future leaders and live our core values daily. Our vision is build healthy communities, starting with how we think about food. We’ve worked hard to build a company with passion and purpose – and we’re just getting started.
ABOUT LIVING CLASSROOMS
Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based nonprofit organization that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education, job training, and community service programs, using urban, natural, and maritime settings as ‘living classrooms.’ Living Classrooms Foundation has been proudly serving the community for thirty years.