About Us

Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids works with Delaware schools to start vegetable gardening programs that are integrated into the science curriculum and that operate during the academic year.  Each spring and fall, our schools experience "seed-to-table" growing, and every student is involved in hands-on gardening lessons that support content standards. HFHK is the ONLY organization in Delaware that has implemented multiple, successful school gardening programs!

HFHK History

2003: Inspired by a visit to The Edible Schoolyard in California, HFHK founder Thianda Manzara assembles a Planning Committee to begin a school vegetable gardening program in Delaware.

2005: HFHK program officially starts at Springer Middle School, in partnership with Principal Michael Gliniak, The Delaware Center for Horticulture (The DCH), 4-H, and other community partners.

2008: HFHK nonprofit organization starts, HFHK begins working with the Christina School District, and starts its Education Cultivation Program at Keene Elementary School (ES).

2009: HFHK starts vegetable gardening programs at Douglass Alternative School, Brader ES, Forest Oak ES, Marshall ES, and Stubbs ES.

2010: In partnership with The DCH, HFHK receives a grant from Dow to begin Education Cultivation Programs at Downes ES, Brookside ES, McVey ES, and West Park Place ES.  HFHK becomes a Public Ally partner organization, and through them hires first employee, Jenna Banning, who creates the HFHK Teacher’s Manual.

2011: HFHK starts at Wilson ES, expands Forest Oak’s program, starts a pilot at Elbert-Palmer ES, creates partnerships for 2012 gardens with Delaware School for the Deaf, Richardson Park ES, North Star ES, and receives a Healthy People 2020 Community Innovation grant. 

2012: HFHK begins Education Cultivation at Richardson Park ES, Shortlidge ES, North Star ES, Elbert-Palmer ES, Highlands ES and Rehoboth ES.  In partnership with Delaware School for the Deaf (DSD) and New Castle County Master Gardeners, HFHK starts the “Blue Hawk’s Nest” garden program, serving DSD students from preschool through high school.  HFHK is the ONLY Delaware recipient of the inaugural USDA/FNS Farm to School Grant.

2013: HFHK begins programs at Carrie Downie, Eisenberg and Read Schools in the Colonial SD.  HFHK hires first official part-time employees, Lindsay Lancaster and Kayley Hassler.

2014: HFHK begins programs at New Castle ES, Nativity Preparatory School, and Mt Pleasant ES.

2015: HFHK begins programs at Red Lion Christian Academy and Pleasantville ES.


HFHK Founder

Thianda Manzara, PhD.

Founder & President/CEO

E-mail: thianda@msn.com or tmanzara@healthyfoodsforhealthykids.org

Phone: 302-981-0043