Normally at this time of year, we see toy drives all over town. But Sunday, something a little different went on: The California Food Literacy Center encouraged shoppers to donate fresh fruit and vegetables to children in need.
Meet Amber Stott, Executive Director of the California Food Literary Center. Her and her team were at the Whole Foods in Arden for their annual produce drive.
“Forty percent of kids in the Sacramento area are actually obese. And we know that kids who do not eat fruits and vegetables when they are children suffer from a series of diseases throughout their lifespan – including asthma, allergies and heart disease,” Stott said.
That’s why she created curriculum to teach kids in low-income elementary schools about cooking, nutrition and where their food comes from. The after-school program runs throughout the year in 28 libraries and numerous schools around the county.
“We’re trying to collect that produce here today so we can send them home over their long holiday break with fresh fruits and vegetables – so they can continue to practice those healthy habits that they’ve learned,” Stott said.
The lucky recipients of this year’s drive?
“For this particular drive, we’re sending kids in an Oak Park school called Capital Heights Academy, where 91% of the kids are on free and reduced lunch. And they are going to be the recipients of all of the fresh fruits and vegetables this year,” Stott said.
The kids will get their veggies after class on Wednesday.
If you missed the event, but are still interested in helping, visit californiafoodliteracy.org.