Monday, June 4, 2012
Day 156: Fruit for All
Thanks in part to the hard work and mastery of the baby food maker, my wife has my daughter eating organic, healthy foods on a daily basis (in all honesty, the child eats about 407% healthier than I do). It is very important to us that she maintains this because we want her to live a very long and healthy life. I learned of a term recently that I hadn't heard of before: food insecurity. Food insecurity means that there is a lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods for a healthy, active life. It is estimated that 1 in 5 children (or 16 million American kids) are currently considered "food insecure." This is an astounding number, and it is a problem that can lead to everything from hunger to diabetes to childhood obesity. As I mentioned earlier, I received an email from a reader about a program looking to battle food insecurity here in the states. Juicy Juice has teamed up with Feeding America to start their Fruit for All Project. The project's goal is to provide 35 million pieces of fruit to children and families in need so that children can get the necessary amount of fruit in their diets. Each week they are offering a challenge on their website which allows users to complete one of the challenges that they have put forth. So today, for my random act of kindness, I completed the first of these challenges, a pop quiz, and donated fruit. I will keep coming back each week to complete these challenges and donate as much fruit as possible!