Healthy Foods

Gleaning with Stu Graff and Family

This post is a special guest blog post by a staff member at the Corporation for National and Community Service. While on a family vacaction abroad, Stu and his family took a little time to do a service project involving gleaning.

Sharing an Ample Harvest

Growing More than Food

In the past few months, a 50 x 50 ft. organic community garden in Ames, IA called the Service Patch has hosted over 567 volunteers donating nearly 800 volunteer hours and 230 pounds of food to Iowa food pantries and shelters.

Calling All Green Thumbs!

People across the nation are reading and moving this summer. Following the lead of United We Serve and the First Lady, Americans are dedicating themselves to becoming active and engaged mentally and physically. Some are joining and creating summer learning programs, others are getting involved in summer sports activities, and many are planting and growing gardens.

Exploring the Origins of Our Food with CHEFs

United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move. is thrilled to be collaborating with CHEFs for Schools in the effort to combat childhood obesity! Created to address the growing problems of obesity, malnutrition and poverty in New York City, Cheap Healthy Eco-friendly Food (CHEFs) for Schools works to increase awareness of proper nutrition, meal preparation, and environmental consciousness in New York youth.

Families Achieve Victory One Garden at a Time

United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move. is excited to be working with Family-to-Family in the effort to increase access to healthy and affordable food and promote literacy this summer. Family-to-Family’s mission is to alleviate some of the most visible symptoms of poverty, such as hunger, by connecting families with other families in some of our country's most impoverished areas.

ARAMARK's Summer of Service

This summer, ARAMARK launched a community summer of service initiative focused around family health and wellness. ARAMARK, an international corporation that provides professional services, food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world, has embraced community service and volunteerism as a mean of encouraging healthy lifestyles and build healthy communities.

Let's Read. Let's Move. Philadelphia

Earlier this week, Philadelphia kicked off their Let's Read. Let's Move. Philadelphia initiative. Leading the way is Chief Service Officer, Catherine Wolfgang - Philly is one of 10 Cities of Service with a Chief Service Officer. The Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies have given grants to ten cities whose mayors have committed to increase the amount and impact of service in their communities.

We wanted to share these great photos with you:

The Next American Volunteer

United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move, is happy to be working with Meals on Wheels in an effort to ensure access to healthy and affordable food for all Americans, young and old.

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. Meals On Wheels is composed of and represents local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs across the country and boasts the largest volunteer army in the country.

A Growing Epidemic

Childhood obesity is a serious and growing epidemic. It cuts across all categories of race, ethnicity, family income and locale. For the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. That is why the Corporation for National and Community Service has joined forces with the Department of Health and Human Services, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and the First Lady’s Let’s Move. initiative to address this important issue facing America’s future as part of United We Serve’s summer initiative, Let’s Read. Let’s Move.

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