Abbott Nutrition is on a mission… a Champions for Kids mission to help children in communities across the country fight hunger.
Did you know….
- More than 16 million children under the age of 18 in the United States are food insecure – unable to consistently access adequate amounts of nutritious foods necessary for a healthy life.
- More than 3 million children under the age of 5 are food insecure.
- The developing immune systems of young children ages 0-5 make them especially vulnerable to nutritional deprivation and as a result the ability to learn, grow, and fight infections is adversely affected.
- While having enough food is important, the nutritional quality of the food is equally important. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese, and 1 of 7 low income preschool-aged children is obese.
So what can we do about this?
Abbott Nutrition’s Simple Service Project is to end childhood hunger. They are asking us to pack a snack pack full of nutritious items that would include products like Pediasure, Pediasure SideKicks and Zone Perfect Bars. Take them to a local school, church, food pantry, shelter, organization or person in need and fuel the children’s passion.
As a former third grade teacher in an underprivileged area, I had many children that came to school on an empty stomach. Several took advantage of the breakfast program in place, but on occasion a child would oversleep, miss the bus, or be too proud to accept it. Children just do not learn when hungry. The focus wanes, attention spans are smaller and absorbing and retaining new information is next to impossible. I used to have a stash of snacks in my closet to give to these children to tide them over to lunch time. Because of this experience, I have decided to gift my snack pack to a local teacher/school for the times when a child made it to the classroom hungry and needs a boost. Who will you be gifting your snack pack to?
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