Happy, Healthy Summer Pledge Update: We’re up and running.

June 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

Today, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell,  Deputy Commissioner Drew Deberry, and CAFB President & CEO, David Davenport, kicked off our Summer Nutrition Program at the Boys and Girls Club in South Austin.  As part of our pledge to make this summer a happy, healthy summer for children in Central Texas, we’re providing healthy lunches and snacks at 22 locations in Travis county, in addition to ongoing summer programs. On today’s menu, the children enjoyed turkey in pita sandwiches, fresh mandarin orange and pineapple fruit cups, cucumber slices, milk and much more as explained by 10-year-old Joseph.

Children in Texas face an uphill battle on the road to success and good health. When one in five Texas families do not have enough money to buy the food that their family needed, healthy choices are not always affordable. As blogger threeninetyeight commented on our recent experiment to understand the cost of making healthy, child friendly choices, “it’s amazing how cheap the unhealthy food is.”

Meanwhile, a record number of families continue to seek nutrition assistance through SNAP (Food Stamps), knowing that Texas is still behind on processing SNAP applications within the 30-day federal guidelines, and there are no plans to fund additional staffing needs as recommended by hunger advocates.

Even more child-friendly, healthy meals will be in reach of Central Texas children just like Joseph when you take the Happy, Healthy Summer Pledge.  Here’s how it works:

PLEDGE your support. Donate now to get us through the increased demand this summer. And donate again in July to help us meet the increased need during these months.

PARTNER with us to stay informed. Make sure you check to receive special reminders and updates about our efforts.

PASS IT ON by asking others to take the pledge.  Add a twibbon to your avatar to help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Send your friends and family a special e-card letting them know you are providing healthy meals for children in need this summer, and that they should too!

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