The Bountiful Company, a Nestlé Health Science Company, has awarded a $30,000 grant to United Way of Long Island to support the nutritional health and wellness of families on Long Island. The grant will be used to provide nutrition education to families with school-age and pre-school children, offering educational tools and services for over 100 children.
Program participants will be families enrolled in the United Way’s Family Support Project, offered in partnership with Housing Help, a non-for-profit organization that offers homelessness prevention services to help keep families in their homes and children in their schools.
School-age children will gain a nutrition education that includes:
• Age-appropriate nutritional classes for the whole family;
• Health screenings for ongoing wellness;
• Tips that offer an alternative to fast food and unhealthy snacks;
• Healthy family’s activity and coloring book with fun and interactive activities; and
• Easy-to-reference informational materials.
The Bountiful Company also plans to host a job fair at the completion of the program for students and their families who may be interested in pursuing a career in health and wellness.
“It is important that all families, regardless of their income level, establish healthy eating habits early in life,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “This generous grant from The Bountiful Company will help us empower children and their families to make healthier food and nutrition choices to improve their long-term well-being. In particular, we will highlight choices that are simple and accessible for Long Island’s least-advantaged families.”
“The Bountiful Company is proud to support United Way of Long Island. Empowering healthier lives is at the core of our mission, and we are delighted to help provide the necessary education and tools to enhance the health and wellness of Long Island families,” added The Bountiful Company Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Beverly Lee-Wo.
Families and children who receive nutrition education will also be provided fresh fruit and produce grown in The Bountiful Company Garden, located at United Way’s headquarters in Deer Park. The garden was built and is maintained by students enrolled in the United Way of Long Island YouthBuild program in which individuals, ages 16-24, work toward their High School Equivalency Diploma while earning essential job skills.
To learn more about United Way’s of Long Island’s Health and Educational initiatives, visit www.unitedwayli.org.
Photo caption: Beverly Lee-Wo, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility of Nestlé Health Science U.S. (third from right) presents a $30,000 check to Craig Fligstein, Chief Grants Officer of United Way of Long Island (far right) to support the nutritional health and wellness of families on Long Island. Volunteers along with YouthBuild students helped prepare the Community Garden, nurturing it with love and care to ensure for a bumper crop this season!