Hi there! Alex Beaton here, Founder of The Awesome Mitten. This holiday season, I'm working to raise money for a non-profit impacting us right here in Michigan, as well 17 other states around the U.S., FoodCorps. A writer for The Awesome Mitten worked for this organization, and her passion has inspired our team to raise on behalf of FoodCorps this year.
There are more than 79 million children in public schools across the country and while one in four of those children struggle with hunger, one in three are obese. FoodCorps mission is to connect kids to healthy food in school, so they can lead healthier lives and reach their full potential.
One in seven people in Michigan – including one in four children – currently receive supplemental nutrition assistance benefits. Almost 50% of Michigan’s students receive free or reduced lunches. Poverty and food insecurity have led to high rates of diet related disease throughout the state, but there is a lot of hope for economic development in our local food systems.
Michigan’s second largest industry is agriculture, which puts us amongst the top producers of asparagus, apples, blueberries, cherries, and dry beans in the country. We are the 2nd most diverse agricultural producer in the nation and have access to 20% of the earth’s fresh water. Michigan is also home innovative programs to Fair Food Network and Double Up Food Bucks, which doubles the value of federal nutrition benefits spent on local fruits and vegetables at participating markets and grocery stores, helping people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. Initiatives like the Michigan Good Food Charter exemplify the energy and interest the state holds in making food a source of revitalization and development throughout the state.
More than 75% of FoodCorps schools had measurably healthier school food environments by the end of the school year, and in schools with more of FoodCorps’ hands-on learning activities, the children are eating three times as many fruits and vegetables. FoodCorps hopes to build a future in which all our nation’s children––regardless of class, race, or geography––know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. Learn more about their work here.
It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. There are bills to pay, parties to attend, gifts to buy and Black Friday deals to nab! But we're hoping this #GivingTuesday campaign resonates with our friends and family as an opportunity to connect with the true spirit of the holidays - one that's centered around generosity, humility, compassion, and kindness.
Your giving will make a direct impact here in the State of Michigan—and with your $10+ donatation, we'll hit our goal of $3000!