Helping 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030
Nestlé Canada Partners with Food Banks Canada
Since its beginning, Nestlé has been committed to helping parents and caregivers provide nutrition to their children. Announced globally in 2018, the Nestlé for Healthier Kids flagship initiative aims to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030.
In 2019, Nestlé Canada launched the Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative in Canada with a two-year partnership with Food Banks Canada. With more than 34% of food bank clients being children, we are proud to partner with Food Banks Canada to expand programs to reduce child hunger. Together, we will expand the Food Explorers Cooking Club Program to 6-8 year olds, providing more children and their families with hands-on skills and knowledge for planning and cooking nutritious meals; and to deliver healthy food packs through the After the Bell Program, to children experiencing hunger during the summer months, when school based food programs are closed.
Since 2019, the After The Bell program has worked with over 180 food banks and community agencies in every province and territory and has distributed over 270,000 food packs!
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. They support a network of Provincial Associations, Affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger. Food Banks Canada's work is focused on three core areas: raising food and funds to share with our network; delivering programs and services to food banks to support their work; and influencing policy through research, awareness raising, and advocacy to find long term solutions to hunger.
Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. For more information about Food Banks Canada and on how you can help in your community, please visit https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/.
Enabling healthier and happier lives
Nutrition is key to ensure a child’s healthy development. But as always, theory is one thing, practice is another. Encouraging kids to eat more veggies and fruits, ensuring their meals are as nutritious as possible and incorporating diversified protein sources – including plant-based options – can sometimes prove challenging for parents and caregivers.
Getting children involved in the preparation of meals leads them to adopt healthier eating habits – in short, their diet quality is higher, with children more inclined to eat fruits and vegetables. That’s why we encourage and advocate ‘togetherness’—when parents and kids come together in the kitchen.
Children who get involved in meal preparation have an increased preference for vegetables and an overall higher quality diet.