The Connecticut Food Bank GROW! Up with Good Nutrition initiative is aimed at increasing the nutritional content of food for low-income households with children enrolled in early childhood, pre-school daycare and Head Start programs.
The GROW! Truck is the main component of Grow up with Good Nutrition and serves as a healthy food pantry on wheels. The customized, refrigerated vehicle is equipped with refrigerated cases and special shelving to stock food items such as fresh apples, grapefruit, oranges, low-fat milk, yogurt, peanut butter, onions, potatoes, carrots, eggs, tuna, brown rice, ground beef and fish.
Families participating in the program have the opportunity to attend a brief workshop on healthy eating or financial literacy, such as “Enjoy Healthy Food That Tastes Great,” “Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks” and “Eating Healthy on a Budget.” The children and their parents then board the GROW! Truck where they “shop” for healthy food items and receive information on how to prepare the foods that may be unfamiliar to them.
The GROW! Up with Good Nutrition initiative is made possible through a grant of $250,000 a year for three years from Our Family Foundation by Stop & Shop.
If you are interested in hosting the GROW! Truck at your early childhood program, contact Huwerl Thornton, Mobile Distribution Coordinator, at 203-469-5000, or send him an email.