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 a pantry program, education series, and activities that promote movement and physical fitness. Projects in our Children’s Health impact area include:
E3: Educating, Empowering, Engaging
JLJ volunteers assist in planning three different monthly programs for families of children, in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY) clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Operation Shoestring, and Jackson Public Schools.
Jackson Backpack and School Pantry Program
In partnership with Mississippi Food Network and Jackson Public Schools, volunteers provide approximately 150 students with a backpack filled with nutritious food to take home each weekend during the school year; volunteers also stock the school pantry with fresh produce and staple foods each month.
R.E.A.C.H. (RECREATION, ENRICHMENT & ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH)
Volunteers read, play, and interact with children hospitalized at Batson Children’s Hospital and help celebrate holidays in special ways.