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Fight Childhood Obesity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on delivering healthy foods locally to children who live in food deserts or are affected by food insecurity. Out of the 40 million Americans who live in low access/low income areas where finding fresh, healthy food is exceedingly difficult, about half of those are children.
Our mission is to combat hunger by making healthy food available to all children (while also establishing long-lasting healthy habits) by delivering weekly produce boxes straight from our farms. Each box contains the recommended daily serving of fresh fruits and vegetables to feed a family of four for a week.
All of our produce is grown hydroponically using only nutrients and water and shipped the same day it is harvested. There are no pesticides, insecticides, additives or modifications; just pure, real food.
$24 provides 8 families of 4 their daily recommended produce for a week
12-15 million kids in the US are food insecure each year
How can you be hungry due to a lack of food and overweight? People make trade-offs between food that is nutritious and food that is filling, which leads to obesity. This is an unfortunate and unintended side effect of hunger.
1 in 6 children in the US will be affected by a lack of consistent access to food. Children who don't know where their next meal is coming from often fill up with processed, calorie dense foods with no nutritional value, like fast food or convenience store snacks. Because of the convenience and cost of these products, obesity in American children has risen to over 20%.
Obesity in American Children
40 million Americans live in low food access areas with 19 million of those living in food deserts
A food desert is an area that lacks access to healthy and affordable food options. Access is hindered due to distance of healthy food options, low-income, and no transportation.
Low-income and low-access data is taken into account when designating a food desert, as well as having no food establishment (grocer, supermarket, or the like) within 1 mile in an urban setting or 10 miles in a rural area. While 19 million Americans live in a food desert, over 40 million live in a USDA designated low-income/low-access area.
That's 13% of the entire US population that have unstable and unreliable food options.
Population > 1 mile from food with no vehicle access
Food Deserts in America
Percent of State Facing Food Insecurity