Today your child likes carrots. Tomorrow, they’re the most disgusting things their eyes have ever beheld and not only will they turn their nose up at them if offered, they’ll violently convulse if carrots are anywhere within the vicinity of anything else on their plate. The same is true for blueberries. And corn. And peaches. It doesn’t matter that it was their favorite food yesterday; today it’s roadkill. Times change quickly, so keep up.
One thing most of our children will never have to worry about is hunger. Personally , I know most moms would resort to the most drastic of measures to ensure their kids had food. Many of us have actually thought about it before. Would we steal food if our kids were starving? Probably. Would we go without for them to have? Absolutely. Thus. knowing this, it makes sense why it’s frustrating when we give our kids food we know they love and they turn around and promptly spit out and refuse to eat it. Our kids are not hungry. Not REALLY, anyway. They may say they’re hungry, but hungry kids don’t turn down food–of any kind.
Recently, NWAMB became associated with Produce for Kids. Produce for Kids is a philanthropic 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. When they approached us about a partnership, we had two questions:
- How can we help end hunger?
- Can you help us incorporate more fruits and veggies into our kids’ diets?
(The last one was a little self serving on our part, we admit).
Fortunately, Produce for Kids more than readily had answers to our questions and equipped us with some fun resources (see below for two delicious recipes). Produce For Kids has partnered with Feeding America which is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. It provides food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people they serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
So, what can we do, right here in Northwest Arkansas, to help end hunger? Shop.
Produce for Kids is teaming up with select grocers in Arkansas and Missouri, including Harps, Woods Supermarkets, Country Mart, Food Pyramid and Price Cutter, to support local Feeding America® food banks. For a full list of stores click here. While shopping, be on the look out for Produce for Kids signage in the produce department of all stores and support the brands with the Produce for Kids logo, as this will help give back to Feeding America food bank programs that support children and families. Many of the brands that support Produce for Kids, you’ll also recognize. Think: Dole, RealSweet and Sunkist for starters; so believe us when we say, it isn’t hard to end hunger when you’re shopping and buying the stuff you buy already anyways.
As to our second question, check out these two recipes:
Um, tater tots AND broccoli? Done.
If you’re interested in learning more about Produce for Kids or just checking out their 300+ dietitian approved and family friendly taste tested recipes , you can follow them on all social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (ProduceforKids)).