Hunger is an increasing epidemic amongst children, inspiring a domino effect that threatens young generation's physical health, mental health, behavior, and education. Help us feed our children here at home -- one by one - give every child the sustenance to excel and the energy to just be a kid. Join us. Be part of the solution.
First Nations children suffer the greatest levels of poverty among all children in Canada. 1 in 3 First Nations children live in poverty as compared to 1 in 9 Canadian children on average. In remote communities, this number is often higher. Children do not always know where they will find their next meal and they are unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.
This situation negatively affects children's school performance, academic achievement, behavioral and cognitive development, and it weakens these children's immune systems putting the children at greater risk of illness. Food insecurity in First Nations communities is at a staggering 33.3%, while 14.4% are severely food insecure.
ONEXONE is committed to increasing nutrition, food literacy, and scholastic success in First Nations Communities.
The ONEXONE First Nations School Breakfast Program was developed in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and PepsiCo Canada with the goal of ensuring the availability of healthy food to all First Nations children in the school setting. Approximately 80% of the schools that participate in this program are located in remote communities where food costs are the highest in Canada. ONEXONE provides the funding and logistical support to sustain the high food transportation costs to remote areas where fresh fruits and vegetables are exorbitantly expensive. Some of these remote communities are only accessible by air transport and a winter road system. Food must therefore be flown in on small planes, or transported by truck over winter roads, which are open approximately 60-90 days per year.
The ONEXONE First Nations School Breakfast Program provides breakfast for children each school day. Children receive a minimum of three of the four food groups in accordance with the manual Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis. PepsiCo, through its Quaker and Dole brands, donates Dole 100% Juice, Quaker Oatmeal, Quaker Ready-to-Eat instant, and breakfast bars and the program provides funding for fresh produce, guidance on risk management procedures for safe food handling and nutrition support through ONEXONE's in-staff nutritionist.
In the 2011-2012 school year, ONEXONE supported over 3,000 children from 19 First Nations communities across Canada. This means that ONEXONE and its partners served over 500,000 balanced breakfasts. This is something that we are incredibly proud of but there are many more First Nations children in remote communities who are still at risk of hunger.
The ONEXONE First Nations School Breakfast Program has had overwhelmingly positive results since it was first implemented in October 2008. The healthy meals provided to children at the start of each school day have had a positive impact on learning, creativity, test grades, and even attendance.
Please join us in making a difference and fight child hunger in our First Nations communities, one by one. $1.00 will provide 1 child with a healthy breakfast. Be a part of the solution.
In the United States, 1 out of 6 children lives in a food insecure household.
That is why ONEXONE partnered with Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, to support The BackPack Program.
The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot, after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomach-aches and dizziness. She concluded that many of these students were barely eating between the time they received a free school lunch on Friday and then again on Monday, going hungry over the weekend. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home.
Today there are more than 2,200 BackPack Programs in operation, serving more than 230,000 children each year. But the need is still so much greater. More than 18 million U.S. children rely on free or reduced-price school lunch provided through the National School Lunch Program, but have no support for these hungry children at times when that resource is not available on weekends. Since the partnership begin, ONEXONE has donated over $100,000 in support of The BackPack Program and continues to grow that gift. But we need your help. For just 1.60 a day, you can guarantee one child will not go hungry this weekend.
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