Chobani Foundation Announces New Partnership with Save the Children
The $150,000 annual investment will support Save the Children Head Start programs in Louisiana and Arkansas
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 10, 2018) — Through a new partnership with Save the Children, the Chobani Foundation is expanding its efforts to improve childhood nutrition and wellness for families in some of the country’s most underserved communities. The Chobani Foundation announced today that, over the next 12 months, the organization is donating over 80,000 Chobani Kids and Tots products to preschoolers in 14 Save the Children Head Start locations across Louisiana and Arkansas. This is accompanied by $50,000 in direct funding and nearly $50,000 in in-kind services in the form of shipping—bringing the total donation for 2018 to nearly $150,000.
"Save the Children is doing tremendous work to help children in need succeed in school and in life," said Michael Gonda, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Chobani. "We’re thrilled to support the organization’s programs and providing children with a nutritious, delicious addition to their meals. We believe good food should be accessible to everyone – and we love the shared focus on this work."
"We are grateful to partner with Chobani and the Chobani Foundation to provide a nutrient-packed daily snack to preschoolers in our Head Start programs in Louisiana and Arkansas," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "Research shows that the right variety of nutritious food plays a big role in the proper growth and development of young children. For many children participating in our early learning programs in underserved communities, there are few options outside of preschool to get the daily nutrients they need."
Since its founding in 1932, Save the Children’s programs in the United States have been concentrated in rural America, providing early education and literacy programs to some of the country’s most underserved children. The organization shares Chobani’s interest in nutrition, as they see first-hand each day the impact a child’s health can have on his or her readiness to learn, grow and develop. As such, the programs incorporate healthy meals into children’s daily activities and require that their menus meet USDA standards for nutrition and are approved by a dietitian as a part of monthly meal planning.
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