The Children’s Health impact area uses strategies that provide access to nutritional foods and increase knowledge of the benefits of healthy eating and being physically active. Efforts in this area include a pantry program, education series, and activities that promote movement and physical fitness. Projects in the Children’s Health impact area include the following:
Jackson Backpack and School Pantry Programs
(Mississippi Food Network/Jackson Public Schools)
Volunteers pack backpacks with nutritious food for JPS students to take home on weekends during the school year and stock a school pantry with fresh produce each month.
R.E.A.C.H. (Recreation, Enrichment & Activity for Children’s Health)
(Children’s of Mississippi at UMMC)
Volunteers brighten the days of Children’s of Mississippi’s pediatric hospital patients through play, games and activities, and holiday celebrations.
Play. Eat. Learn.
(Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY) at UMMC/Mississippi Children’s Museum)
Volunteers assist with monthly educational programming for families of children, hosted at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.
Wholesome & Healthy
Volunteers assist with monthly educational programming for families of children affiliated with Operation Shoestring.