School is starting NEXT week for my kids and my brain just hasn’t quite wrapped itself around that idea. We’ve had a fun filled summer with a bit more relaxed schedule and no worries of homework and extra activities after school. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my daughter started marching band practice and that means we’ve had a little preview of what the busy-ness of the school year brings. I know I can always use all the help I can get, especially when it comes to packing nutritious and delicious lunches.
That’s where Produce for Kids’ comes in. They’ve kicked off their 2nd Annual Power Your Lunchbox Pledge initiative and from now through September 18th, you can visit the PowerYourLunchbox website and take the pledge to pack a healthier lunchbox for your family. The website offers tools and tips for families and classrooms on eating healthier lunches, after-school snacks, and weekday dinners with recipes inspired by Eric Carle’s popular literary characters including The Very Hungry Caterpillar™, Brown Bear, The Very Grouchy Ladybug and The Very Busy Spider. Plus, those that take pledge will receive coupons and chances to win prizes throughout the campaign.
Now, here’s the extra bonus: for every online pledge, lunchbox-friendly companies supporting Power Your Lunchbox will make a collective $1 donation to Feeding America® children’s programs such as Kids Café, Backpack program and Child Hunger Corps. How great is that? You get ideas and resources to help your family and in turn, you’re helping other families all over the country!
New this year on the website is a complete teacher resource page that provides teachers in grades K-5 with fun, free nutrition-focused downloadable lesson plans, certificates for their students, take home materials for families, and the ability to take the pledge as a classroom. And one lucky classroom will be awarded with a costume character visit from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, from Eric Carle’s well-known children’s book—how fun is that! A couple of years ago, our elementary school’s theme was the Very Hungry Caterpillar so I know kids all over will love these themed activities and resources.
“In our second year, we are excited to reach and offer resources to even more families and classrooms across the nation through the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge,” said Trish James, vice president, Produce for Kids. “As a mom of two boys, back-to-school is the most stressful time in my house. I understand the challenges parents face when packing a healthy, nutritious lunch for their children and for themselves. It is so important that a child’s lunchbox is not only packed with food they will eat, but also provides them with the nutrients and energy they need to get through the school day. The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge was designed to help families tackle this universal challenge.”
Here are a couple of additional ways families and individuals can get involved in the campaign:
· Show off healthy lunchboxes on social media. Produce for Kids’ Instagram and Twitter followers can use the #PowerYourLunchbox hashtag to show off their healthy lunchboxes to be automatically entered to win weekly prizes and have their lunchboxes featured on the Produce for Kids Facebook page. Prizes include Bentology boxes, grocery store gift cards and more.
· Take the pledge. Pledge to pack a healthier lunchbox at PowerYourLunchbox.com. Companies supporting the program will make a donation for every pledge taken. Donations will support children’s programs through Feeding America. In 2014, the first annual campaign raised more than $5,000 for kids and wellness programs across the country. It’s so easy–the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge campaign gives parents the resources to achieve a great start back to school, while giving back to other children in-need!
You can find even more ideas on the Produce For Kids’ PowerYourLunchBox Pinterest page too–get pinning, y’all and there will be no more boring lunches!
Be sure to visit PowerYourLunchbox.com to take your pledge today!