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Established in 2013 by NYC-based professional chef Ayesha Renee Gordon, Healthy Kids First is a 501 (c) non-profit designed to educate children and families on a better, healthier approach to food. As a Chef, Ayesha Renee knows the important role food plays in our everyday lives. Food is a way to bring family and friends together, to share good times, and of course, to sustain ourselves. But sadly, for too many children in America, especially those in economically-challenged communities, poor eating habits and malnutrition are at an all-time high. As a result, so is poor health. Now, however, Healthy Kids First has decided to expand its mission in response to a growing problem that plagues vulnerable populations, especially children, nationwide: food insecurity.
This lack of accessible food is impacting nearly 50% of children in the United States. Many are dependent upon school meals for their vital nutritional needs; however, these meals are only available on school days. Sadly, weekends, holidays and summer breaks leave these children nutritionally stranded.
To allay youth hunger, Healthy Kids First is introducing its "Take-a-Bite" Weekend Program. Our goal is to prepare and distribute portable, nutritious brown bag lunches to eligible children on Saturday mornings.