This is sponsored by Truvia our opinions are our own.
Have you ever known what it means to feel hungry? I mean, really hungry? I can’t say that I have, fortunately I’ve been blessed. However, I know many people who have been impacted by this issue, so hunger is a very important topic to me. And it’s not just hunger in our country that is an issue, but worldwide hunger. This is one of the many reasons I love working with the Truvia brand. Truvia has been working with the United Nations World Food Programme as part of the “Sharing a Sweet Future” partnership, a three year program that aims to combat childhood hunger in Bolivia.
Before “Sharing a Sweet Future” Bolivia had nothing like this. 65% of all rural housholds are unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake. This initiative helps improve these communities. As a result of this program nearly $1 million in contributions from Truvia brand have been used to help reduce childhood hunger. Bolivia has one of the highest rates of nutritional deficiencies in South America. This program is making a big difference to so many people.
“Before, no institution came to our area to assist us in the school infrastructure, but now through MAECH-PMA we have been able to improve the kitchen by constructing an energy-efficient stove which, on the one hand has eliminated the smoke and so the mothers do not complain anymore about this and on the second, it has reduced the quantity of firewood needed for cooking of the school meals.” Rene Flores, Principal of the Pisili School of the Education Nucleus of San José del Paredón in the Municipality of Tarabuco
Children are being helped by this program in more ways than just food. “Nicolas Flores attends the 5th grade in the Huapi School in the Municipality of Poroma. Among other things, he says that he and his sister and brother are continuing their studies thanks to the school feeding program, as only his mother is supporting them.” – Ramiro Alvino, Field Monitor.
It’s amazing to me that the program is helping to keep kids in school. They are getting breakfast and lunch at school, as well as experiencing what it means to eat a diversified diet. “Truvia’s support came at a time when we didn’t have any resources, and were almost going to close this type of program.” Sergio Torres, head of Bolivia operations for the WFP.
Finally, another terrific way this program is making a difference is by helping the farmers laboring in the fields. The food is sourced from local farmers, “helping lift those farmers out of chronic hunger and poverty themselves.” – Rick Leach, President and CEO of the World Food Program USA. The overall goal is to help communities become self-sufficient, by equipping them with better means to achieve optimal nutrition. Through Truvia’s partnership with the World Food Program, the brand has helped to provide vegetable oil fortified with the highest level of Vitamin A nutrients and micronutrient powders in school meal baskets, to help children combat nutritional deficiencies.
· Improved school meals for over 67,000 Bolivian schoolchildren
· Installed 258 energy efficient stoves
· Supplied 130 metric tons of fortified vegetable oil to cook 2 school meals per day.
The “Sharing a Sweet Future” campaign is one element of the brand’s comprehensive corporate social responsibility program. As the leading stevia brand, the company is committed to sourcing responsibly, stewarding natural resources, and working to improve the lives of individual living in underprivileged communities.
For more information on the Sharing a Sweet Future program, visit the Truvia.com sustainability page.
This is sponsored by Truvia, but our opinions are our own.