Created in 2005 by Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Green Tables focuses on education, advocacy and philanthropy. As an umbrella program, it embraces all chapters of LDEI with each chapter creating customized programs to meet the specific needs of its community. Through this initiative, LDNY reaches out to local organizations who share the same goals of promoting community health and well-being through gardening and agriculture, care of the environment and educating children and parents about where their food comes from.
In March 2012, the LDNY Green Tables Committee launched the first event of its new partnership with Wellness in the Schools (WITS). Founded in 2005 by Nancy Easton, a former NYC school principal, and Bill Telepan, a restaurant chef, WITS's mission is to inspire healthy eating and to create hands-on programs through partnerships with school leadership, chefs, and parents. In an effort to combat childhood obesity and to promote healthy eating, WITS operates the Cook for Kids program in 25 high-poverty elementary school kitchens and classrooms in Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan.
The LDNY/WITS Parents Resource program's goal is to foster a healthier lifestyle outside school by helping parents make more informed food choices when shopping and learn how to plan nutritious simple weekly meals.
Members of LDNY are encouraged to volunteer. For more information, contact the Green Tables committee chair.