August 23, 2016
From a very young age, I’ve always asked myself: “What is the purpose of summer”? As I grew older, I came to the realization that it’s about taking a break from working hard in school and, most importantly, a way to spend quality time with your family and learn a lot about yourself outside of the classroom.
At the same time, I’ve never enjoyed summer. All I did was sit at home and watch TV, wishing I had more stimulation. I couldn’t wait for school to return. It wasn’t until this summer that EATWISE changed the way I view summer. EATWISE allowed me to grow from an introverted student to an optimistic, outgoing young lady, who isn’t afraid to get lost and find her way back around New York City.
EATWISE gave me the best summer I’ve had thus far. It has been a life-changing experience for many of us. It gave us the opportunity to try new things and step out of our comfort zones. Learning about food justice, poverty, nutrition, and health gave a purpose to my summer.
Shawna-Gay is an EATWISE (Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating) Intern, part of Food Bank For New York City’s teen nutrition education program.