All for Nutrition and Nutrition for ALL!
March is National Nutrition Month®! In recognition of the importance of healthy food—especially for young children—IAFC is bringing awareness to proper nutrition through the All for Nutrition and Nutrition for ALL campaign.
Every parent wants their children to grow up healthy. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of working families in Illinois struggle to consistently provide their families with any food, let alone food that is nutritious and healthy.
The Nutrition Problem:
- Under-resourced communities are often lacking in readily-available options for purchasing healthy food. These areas are known as “food deserts.”
- Healthy food can be expensive. Consider that a box of macaroni and cheese costs $.88, whereas a bag of grapes costs $3.99. Low-income families often defer to the less expensive options.
- Many people have never received education on proper nutrition.
How IAFC Works to Bring Healthy Food to All Children:
IAFCs programs intentionally incorporate nutrition awareness and education to help families make better, more cost-effective choices to provide healthy food for their families.
- Available especially for home-based providers, our team of License-Exempt Monitors visit providers to share information and resources aimed at improving the overall approach to health, nutrition, and wellness for the children in their care.
- In 2018, Illinois Action for Children’s Public Policy team helped ensure millions would not lose access to food assistance through support of the Farm Bill.
How you can Help:
- More than 445,000 of Illinois’ children face food insecurity. In 2018, Illinois Action for Children’s Healthy Food Program served nearly 3 million healthy meals and snacks to children. With your support, this year we can serve even more.