Student Shopper

Educating Our Young Leaders

The Student Shopper Program is our fastest growing program to date. With a goal to extend the boundaries of the home and classroom, this community driven program transforms the process of educating young impressionable minds. The program places an emphasis on team building and discipline in the areas of health and financial literacy. In 2013 we increased the program to include three new schools for a total of five participating schools in the Greater Wilmington Area. Our goal for 2015 is to raise enough sponsorships to have 12 schools participating in the Student Shopper program for the 2016 school year.

What is the Student Shopper Program?

The Student Shopper program is based on our philosophy that an early education in health and financial literacy predict better futures for our children.  A community driven effort which extends the boundaries of home and the classroom, Student Shopper is designed to educate elementary (3rd to 5th grade) students about nutrition, and teach them about the importance of planning, budgets and shopping to make an impact on the food choices they make going forward. Through experienced based learning using a local ShopRite store as a living classroom, we engage students, teachers and parents with techniques for smart shopping and healthy eating using the USDA MyPlate model that encourages nutritious and balanced meals.  The Kenny Family Foundation is aligned with ShopRite for this venture who allow us to have the time of their dietitian and the campus of their stores.  The ShopRite mission is “To Care Deeply About People, Helping Them to Eat Well and Be Happy” and   The Kenny Family Foundation mission is to “Create a Sustainable Future” for New Castle County.  Together, we will support our communities, providing fun experiences that educate families on healthy choices and eating well on a budget.   

Goal of Student Shopper Program

The In-School Experience

Student Shopper Day Activities

In-Store Experience

Overall Program Takeaways and End Results for our Students, Teachers and Families

  • Engage and educate students about nutrition and the importance of healthy choices.
  • Participants will differentiate costs of food types and why budgets are helpful when shopping for groceries.
  • Parents and Children will experience a learning program they can continue to build together independently.

Participation is required for the in-school experiences before the session at the ShopRite stores.

School Visit #1- Introduction

The Kenny Family Foundation and a dietitian from ShopRite will visit your school


  • Explain program and modify to your student needs
  • Meet the teachers and obtain class size and information
  • Distribute access to online materials
  • Schedule the parent visit, classroom visit and living classroom session at ShopRite.


School Visit #2- Parent Involvement Visit

The Kenny Family Foundation and a dietitian from ShopRite will visit your fall Parent Night or PTA meeting 


  • Explain program and encourage parents to attend or participate with dates of visits
  • Have a healthy snack example and distribute recipes for additional snacks or food choices
  • Distribute access to online materials to parents
  • Information about September PTA KFF microgrant opportunities
  • Gift Card Giveaway for attendees


School Visit #3- Classroom Student Sessions

KFFDElegates and the ShopRite Dietitian will lead a 45 to 60-minute interactive presentation in your grades 3th-5th classrooms to introduce students to important nutrition concepts, provide background knowledge about healthy eating, and prepare students for the subsequent in-store experience.


  • Observing how much sugar is in a can of soda.
  • Choosing healthy food options based on nutrients our bodies need
  • Building a budget while making good food choices
  • Building a balanced meal by gathering classmates who represent a food from each food group.
  • Decoding the Nutrition Facts label to better understand the important information it provides.

  • Students shop in teams for a family of four (4) over a four (4) day period. They are given a $100.00 budget and are required to make nutritional selections based on the Food Pyramid guidelines. Shopping activity takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Students resolve critical thinking activities in teams at ten (10) problem solving stations. Problem solving activity takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Students are interviewed (at store or school) and are required to present their thoughts and accomplishments for the day. Team interviews take 5 to 10 minutes.

Transportation and food will be provided by The Kenny Family Foundation.

All participants will be given a shirt upon entrance, fed lunch at the conclusion of the program and leave with a snack.

Using a scavenger hunt format and hands-on activities, ShopRite dietitians, KFFDelegates, Parents and Teachers will lead the in-store experience that reinforces with tangible demonstration the lessons introduced during the in-school experience.


  • Competitive team shopping for a family’s day of healthy meals with a budget of $25.00
  • Identifying foods that are part of MyPlate while exploring the various departments of the store
  • Interacting with ShopRite Associates and KFFDElegates to gain information about their roles and jobs
  • Hands-on activities that reinforce math and nutrition logic skills and standards

  • Students learn is easy to plan, budget and utilize savings options when making food choices.
  • Eating a balanced diet is important to maintaining health, provides energy and keeps body systems functioning effectively.
  • Parents can continue to work with their children and engage them in menu and shopping choices.
  • Students learn it is important to consider nutritional content, calories, and cost when shopping for food.
  • All participants learn about healthy foods and smart shopping on the campus of their local grocer.


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