Kids enjoy farm food celebration at California Thursdays

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A healthy support system is critical for children to succeed in school. We are making sure kids have access to healthy meals so that get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow.

On Thursday, March 23 100+ kids at Robla Elementary School enjoyed California farm-fresh meals from Fiery Ginger Farms, a health fair and bags of produce as part of United Way’s Healthy Meals program. United Way’s Healthy Meals program partners with Davis Joint Unified School District’s nutrition services, who participates in the California Thursday program by providing farm-fresh meals made from California-grown foods.

The event was a huge success and kids were able to participate in several activities including broccoli  tastings, a rethink your drink station from Health Education Council and Robla School District featuring mint and cucumber spa water, a physical activity station where they did jumping jacks, squats, push-ups and more, and left with bags of produce donated by Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

The California Thursday celebration is part of the United Way Healthy Meals Program overall effort to teach kids about nutrition and to provide them with the tools necessary to support lifelong healthy habits. This event was made possible thanks to support from the Walmart Foundation, which has generously provided United Way funding to promote healthy eating and nutrition at Healthy Meals Program partner sites. 

Here’s a look at the fun that was had by all:

Every child in Sacramento should have access to healthy meals year round, not just during the school year. To receive FREE meals during the summer through the summer meals program text FOOD to 877-877 or call 2-1-1.