The Children’s Health impact area uses strategies that provide access to nutritional foods and increase knowledge on the benefits of healthy eating and being physically active. Efforts in this area include projects that include a pantry program, education series, and activities that promote movement and provide access to facilities and physical fitness. Projects include:
E3: Educating, Empowering, Engaging
JLJ volunteers assist in planning four different monthly programs for families of children in the UMMC Center for Advancement for Youth (CAY) clinic, Operation Shoestring, Canopy Children’s Solutions, and JPS.
Mid-town Backpack and School Pantry Program
Volunteers provide 150 children with a backpack filled with nutritious food to take home each weekend over 34 weeks.
REACH (Recreation, Enrichment, and Activity for Children’s Health) Night
Volunteers play and interact with children hospitalized at Batson Children’s Hospital and help celebrate holidays in special ways.