Parent Leader Hilda Casarez: Creating Healthy Options in Schools, Building a New Career

August 01, 2012

This summer, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized Parents United for Healthy Schools at its national Food & Community Conference, the first such recognition the foundation has presented.  Yesterday, we spotlighted W.K. Kellogg Foundation President Sterling K. Speirn as he commended parents for their community-level work to transform school environments. Now, we are happy to spotlight parent leader Hilda Casarez, who accepted this recognition on behalf of Parents United for Healthy Schools.

In her remarks as she accepts the award, Hilda relates part of her own story. After getting involved in her school wellness team, learning about healthy eating and promoting nutritious food options in school events and city-wide meetings, Hilda decided to turn her new passion for healthy eating into a career. She earned a scholarship, completed culinary training and is now an entrepreneur who provides healthy catering in her community.

Watch the video below to hear Hilda’s story in her own words.

Sincere congratulations to Hilda and all the parent leaders who are making our schools and communities healthier places.