Girl Scouts participate in healthy food program

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United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is committed to helping girls develop healthy, active, and rewarding lifestyles. They have been actively involved in the California Department of Education’s Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for the past nine years. With the help of financial aid from this program, local Girl Scouts enjoy healthy snacks served at designated Girl Scout after-school program sites throughout Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.

When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, she encouraged girls to “eat well and get their heart and blood in working order.”  Since then, Girl Scouts has offered innovative programs to generations of girls.  Almost a century later, Girl Scouts remains dedicated to providing girls with unlimited opportunities in sports, nutrition, and fitness, and to supporting them in learning to eat well.

The CACFP is a state and federally funded program with objectives to improve the diets of children less than 13 years old by providing them with nutritious, well-balanced meals.  Regardless of ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, disability, or political beliefs, children from infant to school-age may be served by this program as well as enrollees of any age who are disabled (if the majority of enrollees are under 19 years), migrant workers (children under 16 years), children enrolled in after-school extended care, and at risk after school children (under 19 years).