It’s something many of us take for granted: having the basic knowledge to cook a simple, healthful meal to enjoy with family. As we eat, we are not only nourished by the food itself, but also by the conversation shared over the table with loved ones. Yet for too many families in America, the notion of cooking a healthy meal with fresh ingredients seems not only too expensive, but also unattainable, simply because they aren’t empowered to cook and eat healthy food.
In fact, millions of children—especially the 32.4 million growing up in low-income families—are not being taught how to eat or cook healthy. The results have been catastrophic. Today, 16 million children face hunger in the United States and one in three are overweight or obese. Since 1980, obesity rates have tripled among children ages 8 to 12, putting them at risk for asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions that were once only associated with adults.
And Children are hungry, not only for nourishing food, but also for safe environments to learn, to be supported and to be challenged to grow.