As a mom, it’s heartbreaking to imagine a child not getting enough food to eat in order to properly grow and thrive. But, hunger is a reality for 42 million Americans, including 12 million children. While you may not think this could possibly be the case where you live, the truth is that food insecurity permeates communities throughout the country – even in our own backyard. This is why Produce for Kids is stepping up to give back right here in metro-Atlanta.
You may know them for their website full of recipes and healthy eating tips, but Produce for Kids is more than simply a go-to online resource for moms. This organization has provided more than $6.4 million in charitable support to benefit families nationwide since 2002. And, this month, they are teaming up with Publix supermarkets to support Feeding America® food banks within our local community.
Wondering how you can take part? It’s so simple. Just look for Produce for Kids signage in the produce department at your local Publix from May 30 to June 27, and purchase the produce brands that are participating in the program. You’ll recognize your favorites like Del Monte, Driscoll’s, Fresh Express, and Marie’s! Then, refer back to the Produce for Kids website get some great ideas for ways to use your produce in healthy recipes your family will love.
To get you started, here is a perfect summer recipe for Grilled Summer Pizza, using some of the produce brands that are participating in the program. Kids love pizza and you want them to eat more veggies; this recipe is a perfect win-win! And, you will feel good knowing the produce you’ve purchased will directly benefit food banks near you.
[yumprint-recipe id=’13’]For more information about Produce for Kids, including recipes, tips for healthy shopping and eating, and additional resources like their blog and podcast, visit www.produceforkids.com.
*Hunger facts and statistics obtained from Feeding America at www.feedingamerica.org.