Our Mission


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
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Recent Blog Posts

March 31, 2016 |

Children’s Picnic 2016

The Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair is held each spring on the rolling grounds of the historic French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St. The free event, which celebrates the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, invites families to pack a picnic, bring a blanket, grow a garden, play games, meet farmers and local food vendors, and enjoy cooking demos, baby goats, music and much more. The Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair is an opportunity for families to bring picnic lunches from home or build them at the event made from fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared foods and beverages that a variety of local farmers market food vendors will be offering...

March 27, 2015 |


A Conversation About Race, Identity, Power and Food June 19th through 21st To commemorate Juneteenth, scholars, researchers, students, journalists, authors, restaurateurs, farmers, chefs, activists and anyone interested in exploring issues of race, cultural identity and power imbalance through the lens of food gathered in Austin, Texas, for an historic, first-ever conference dedicated to African American foodways. Read More about the SOUL...

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