The puppet theater was designed by the Food Bank’s grant writer, Polla Milligan, in 2006 to help teach children ages 5—7 about the Food Bank and nutrition. Polla and the theater are available to come to your classroom, birthday party, church or synagogue for no charge. The show lasts about 20 minutes and includes child-friendly information about healthy eating, which was written by Joan Pedlow, Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse.
The puppet show engages the children in a highly interactive way. They are encouraged to help convince our candy-only eating dragon to “try some healthy foods.” We utilize both play and real food and stress the importance of including daily portions of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
The puppets also participate in a school food drive. The show traces the path of the donated items from the donor to the needy recipients.
As of August, 2010, we have presented the show more than 600 times, entertaining more than 25,000 children and adults. The show is sponsored by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation.
What others had to say:
“Awesome! The puppets and message are super!”
Mrs. Kensey - 2nd grade teacher
“We learned so many interesting and educational facts about healthy foods and the importance of sharing with the needy.”
Mrs. Kurtz - 1st grade teacher
“Great learning experience! The children were captivated!”
Mrs. O’Neill - Kindergarten teacher
“Very age-appropriate. Kept the children’s interest and let them see how they can help others .”
Ms. Oslowski - 1st grade teacher
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Every child should have an opportunity to see this!”
Mr. Forgione - Guidance Counselor
If you would like further information or would like to engage the theater for a performance, please contact Polla Milligan. email@example.com