Feeding local families in need is often something we don’t consider. If you’re in a small, safe town in the suburbs, like me, we often think about hunger in other countries or “bad” inner cities that may not even be in our state. However, hunger is happening a lot closer to home than you may think. In fact, it is very likely there are classmates of your children who won’t be served dinner tonight. This is why I’m proud to team up with Produce for Kids and Acme Markets again to raise funds for Feeding America, while feeding local families. Last year we were able to supply 188,000 meals to local families in need and raised over $17,000 for Feeding America. This year our goals for feeding local families is even higher!
What is Produce for Kids?
“Produce for Kids® is dedicated to educating families on the benefits of healthy eating, providing simple meal solutions and raising money for children’s non-profit organizations. In the 14 years since its inception, Produce for Kids, through its produce and grocery retail partners, has donated more than $5.7 million to children’s charities nationwide. Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations.” (produceforkids.com)
Childhood obesity, and really just the obesity epidemic in general, is a cause I care deeply about. It’s not about outside appearance—obesity is often a deadly battle against mental and emotional demons, as well as lack of nutritional and fitness education. I feel that I grew up with a huge advantage having the financial means to each 3 meals a day (plus snacks), and a mother who fed us healthy, homemade meals that always featured at least one, if not two, sides of vegetables or fruit.
Feeding Local Families through Everyday Purchases at Acme Markets
Produce for Kids and Acme Markets have made it SO easy to participate in this fundraiser! By simply purchasing any of the yummy, healthy products listed below, you will be feeding local families. Many of these products I already purchase on a regular basis (and encourage my Fitcampers to purchase too!), especially Setton Farms Pistachios, Earthbound Farm organic mixed greens, avocados, and Wholly Guacamole (such a good snack when served with sweet potato chips!)
This campaign is supported by 10 participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, representing most major categories of fresh produce! Sponsors include:
- Avocados from Mexico Mexican Hass Avacados
- Earthbound Farm®
- Eat Smart® Fresh Cut Vegetables
- Fresh Express® Packaged Salads
- Kings River Packing California Citrus
- Maries® Dressings
- RealSweet® Vidalia Onions
- Setton Farms® Pistachios
- To–Jo Mushrooms
- Wholly Guacamole®
As you shop at your local Acme Market from April 29 through June 2, be sure to purchase one of these products so you can help us reach our goal of feeding local families!
Feeding Local Families through Food Banks
Funds will be raised for local Feeding America food banks, including:
- Community Foodbank of New Jersey
- Food Bank of South Jersey
- Food Bank of Delaware
- The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Inc.
- Maryland Food Bank
- Food Bank for Westchester
- Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
- Connecticut Food Bank
Feeding Local Families through Healthy Recipes
One of the reasons I love Produce for Kids so much, is because I love their commitment to educating families on how to make healthy meals that everyone will love. They take away the fear factor that eating healthy has to be complicated, by proving how simple and delicious healthy meals can be! I share this same goal in educating my clients. I provide tools and tips on how to take a few God-made ingredients, and whip it up into a stunning dish that will even impress the picky-eating 3 year old of the family.