Sharing A Sweet Future – An update on Truvia’s campaign

Community service is often a topic of conversation in our house.  We have teenagers who have certain numbers of service hours to meet each year – maybe you’ve experienced this too.  Teaching children to understand that giving back in whatever way they can is important. Tutoring, volunteering at a food drive, helping build a fence – there is no limit of ways to help in your community.  It’s the little changes and the little things we can do which will impact a bigger group of people for the better.

Now think of community service on a global level.  Helping people outside your community – outside your country.  For most of us, the chance to get involved on that scale isn’t likely to happen.

However, for a company like Truvia who has a global business, they CAN and DO help in those global communities.  Knowing first hand the challenges of the Bolivian population to get proper nutrition, they partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to make a difference in another country.

Let me tell you a little bit about what they are doing.

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If you understand that 40% of this South American country’s population cannot afford food for a healthy lifestyle and 68% of the population lives in rural areas, it’s almost zero surprise that 65% of those in rural areas are lacking the ability to meet daily minimum caloric requirements and are nutrient deficient.

Working together, Truvia and the United Nations World Food Programme determined ways they could sustainably impact these issues in Bolivia.

What are the results?

Now in its fourth year, the “Sharing A Sweet Future” partnership between Truvia and the United Nations World Food Programme has

  • 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.

While each individually important, together they create a sustainable model.

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Energy efficient stoves mean less wood is required – thus saving natural resources. Better stoves mean less smoke which is a health benefit to those involved in preparing meals.

Fortified vegetable oil provides vitamin A in the cooking process and the program also uses micronutrient powders to combat nutritional deficiencies.

67,000 students receiving better school breakfasts and lunches. That’s an increase of almost 20,000 since I last checked in on this campaign. Awesome!

Folks who are directly impacted by this effort have great things to say as well:

 

  • “As [a] parent [I] am very satisfied that the children have a daily breakfast and lunch at the school. The products provided by WFP and the Municipality allow them to have a diversified diet.” –Adolfo Brito, Father

 

  • “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

 

  • The [students’ and teachers’] lunch ingredients were often 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

 

  • “As part of the program’s educational component, the Bolivians received training in how to build, maintain, and cook with these safe, more energy efficient stoves.” – Brian Marx, Marketing Manager at Truvia®

 

 

For children, education and nutrition are an important team. Kids who eat right do better in school, are most likely healthier, and better able to contribute to their communities.

So thinking of it as community service on a global level – how involved are the companies you support at the grocery store? Do you think about corporate responsibility to give back and make our world a better place?

Bravo Truvia for recognizing a need and stepping up to make lives better globally.

 

Want to find out more? There is some additional information at https://www.sharingasweetfuture.com

 

This is a  sponsored post.  Campaign information was provided by Truvia and I have received compensation for my work, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Truvia and  The United Nations World Food Programme. 

 

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