Sadly, more than 31 million children receive meals through school lunch programs. Many children receive most, if not all of their meals while at school. Imagine if that were your child and his or her only meal of the day were at school. Wouldn’t you want it to be a healthy one?
The government, thanks to the efforts of first lady Michelle Obama, is doing its part to ensure that school lunches offer more nutritious food options. With over 17 million children living in food insecure households, schools are vital to improving children’s wellness in this country. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increases access to healthy food for low-income children.
I feel so blessed that I am able to purchase healthy foods for my family without having to fear that a school lunch might be my child’s only meal of the day. Last week I told you that I am taking part in this month’s Champions for Kids Simple Service Project sponsored by Abbott Nutrition. I went to Walmart with a goal of spending approximately $25 on food to be donated to those in need of healthy food choices. Armed with coupons to make my funds go further and time for reading labels, I headed out to the store.
Finding non-perishable healthy food options at a low price point was a bigger challenge than I had expected. After searching the aisles for whole grains, high fiber, high protein and fortified food choices, I am really proud to have spent $25.51 on 65 servings of food! With an additional $15-$20 on milk, fresh fruit or vegetables and a protein such as chicken or turkey, this could feed a family in need for several days. You can see photos from my shopping trip in a Google + album by clicking here.
The food I purchased will be donated to Philabundance, the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization. These are not nameless, faceless people. They are people we know who are hiding in plain sight. Philabundance provides emergency food and access to services to approximately 900,000 people at risk of hunger and malnutrition throughout the Delaware Valley.
Many thanks to Champions for Kids for bringing childhood hunger to the forefront with their simple service projects. For more information on how you can get involved, go to: www.ChampionsforKids.org. You can also find Champions for Kids on Facebook and Twitter.
Please join us on January 19th, from 9:00-10:00 pm EST for a Twitter party using the hashtag #AbbottCFK. We will spend an hour talking about ideas for providing nutritious foods to kids.
I am proud to be working as one of the millions of Champions for Kids. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions and statements expressed in this post are authentically my own. #CBias #AbbottCFK