Our Mission

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Our mission is to promote the connection between cultural heritage, food, and a healthy community. We rely on a three-part strategy to instill 12 core values in vulnerable families: Culture, Cuisine,  Community.

SANDE’s three-part strategy responds to the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiatives for Faith and Community-Based Organizations, which seek to reduce childhood obesity in a generation. And, we have been invited twice to the White House for our unique public health outreach, which includes culturally-relevant cooking classes and three public events.

  • Children’s Picnic
  • Soul Summit
  • Peace Through Pie

Childrens Picnic and Real Food Fair, an annual free and open-to-the-public springtime celebration of local food, presented in partnership with the City of Austin and Edible Austin magazine, and part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative for Faith and Community-Based Organizations;

Soul Summit: A Food Conversation , a celebration of African American foodways, history and trends, featuring nationally-recognized food scholars, experts, restaurateurs/chefs, and entrepreneurs, held in historic locations around the United States;

Peace Through Pie: An MLK Holiday Celebration, annual, community-building and fundraising gatherings where sharing sweet and savory world pies invites everyone to explore diverse cultures and history through a familiar food.

12 Core Values

Creativity
Leadership
Diligence
Integrity
Respect
Perseverance
Confidence
Generosity
Courtesy
Discipline
Goal-Setting
Responsibility

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