Eat Wise - Exercise!™
Breakfast Boxes and Baskets
Homeless children living in shelters, eating at soup kitchens or receiving food from food banks are not the only children who could benefit from Eat Wise - Exercise!™ Breakfast Boxes and Baskets. There might be children in your own school who could use extra food items.
The Federal School Breakfast Program served breakfast to 12.1 million children in 2011. Of these children 10.1 million received a free or reduced price breakfast every day. On the weekends or during vacations, and especially at the end of the month, many of these families are short on food.
On the weekends or during vacations, and especially at the end of the month, many of these families are short on food. Ask the school social worker or nurse if there are families that could benefit from an Eat Wise - Exercise!™ Breakfast Box or Basket.
Of course, the families' names would be kept confidential and the social worker or nurse would distribute the food.
- Cereals - hot and cold - low in sugar
- Muffin mix
- Pancake mix
- 'Lite' syrup
- Granola bars
- Fresh fruit, if possible
- Canned fruit
- Target your recipients. Will it be a shelter, soup kitchen, low-income daycare, or will it be families from your school or sponsoring organization?
- Ask if someone from the agency can come to your club to talk about the people you will be helping.
- Decide if you will collect from your own club members or open it up to a school, organization or community wide collection.
- Call a club meeting. Set the date.
- Distribute Healthy Eating -- Facts for Kids or Hunger in America -- Facts for Kids to your club members.
- Print out Eat Wise - Exercise!™ Brochures found in the Project Tool Kit on the right side bar of the Eat Wise - Exercise!™ - Food Rules! page. Use for discussion with your club members. Include copies in your breakfast boxes.
- Discuss the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.
- Create flyers and posters and advertise in your organizational newsletter.
- Decorate boxes to collect the food items - or collect gently used baskets - baskets can be purchased inexpensively at thrift shops and tag sales.
- Call a meeting to sort and assemble Eat Wise - Exercise!™ Breakfast Boxes and Baskets.
- Enclose a brochure and/or a handwritten note from "A kid who cares!"
- Complete a Club Response Card.