Susanne Brose is dedicated to healthy kids and communities, and dreamed of a way to build a business that would help kids learn where their food comes from and connect with healthy choices and good nutrition. Inspired by First Lady Michele Obama and her campaign for better nutrition and more exercise for our nation’s children, she co-founded Fresh Kids, an independent, woman-owned company with roots on a farm in northern Virginia, and now works with kids in urban communities in the Metro-New York region often referred to as food deserts. In the short time since Fresh Kids was launched in 2014, its growing line of healthy snacks for kids can now be found at health fairs, community events and select stores in New York State, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
Introduced to the Newark area at an event at ShopRite of Newark, Brose connected with representatives of FoodCorp, a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders with similar goals and a commitment to growing healthy kids. Like FoodCorps, Fresh Kids’ founders’ goal is to partner with educators and community leaders in schools and in the community to empower students with the information they need to make smart choices about food and nutrition, to create opportunities for kids to be involved in hands-on activities like gardening and cooking that engage them in healthy and positive ways with food and to provide access to nutritious lunchtime meals in their cafeterias.
Fresh Kids products were a hit with young and old alike at Greater Newark Conservancy’s recent Spring Block Party & Plant Sale. The tasty snacks are made with non-GMO ingredients; many are gluten free, Kosher and made in a nut-free facility. Favorites include Clean and Simple Popcorn, White Cheddar Corn & Rice Puffs, Pretzel Sticks and Little Dipper Hummus made in original and roasted red pepper flavors.
Brose said she hopes to get Fresh Kids involved at more local schools and community events in Newark in the months ahead. For more information, visit www.wearefreshkids.com.