United Way of Long Island is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from The Nature’s Bounty Foundation supporting the Healthy Kids – Healthy Families Initiative, as well as United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus school supplies program.
Healthy Kids – Healthy Families teaches pre-school and school-age students and their families fundamental nutritional, health and cooking skills over the course of the year. With a goal of reaching more than 3,000 children from low-income families, United Way works with partner agencies YMCA of Long Island and Pronto of Long Island to develop outreach programs that bridge the gap between eating nutritious foods and leading a healthy lifestyle. These programs include:
- Nutritional classes for students and families to learn together;
- A Healthy Kids – Healthy Families coloring book with fun and interactive activities and pictures;
- Cooking activities that teach children different types of fruits, vegetables and meals that combine foods in delicious and healthy ways;
- Easy-to-reference informational cards; and
- An e-newsletter with recipes and educational activity suggestions for families to do as a group.
Stuff-A-Bus, now in its 11th year, provides critical school supplies to students across Long Island. On September 11, National Day of Service, volunteers loaded school buses with boxes filled with donated supplies including pencils, markers, notebooks, rulers and backpacks. These items were delivered to 8,000 students in 14 schools across 10 districts: Amityville, Brentwood, Central Islip, Copiague, Freeport, Hempstead, Huntington, North Hempstead, South Country and Wyandanch.
To learn more about United Way’s health initiatives and Stuff-A-Bus, visit www.unitedwayli.org/health and www.unitedwayli.org/StuffABus.
Photo Caption: The Nature’s Bounty Co. volunteers at Pronto of Long Island as part of the Healthy Kids – Healthy Families Initiative.
About United Way of Long Island
United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health. We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit UnitedWayLI.org, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.