Sharing a Sweet Future: How Truvia and The World Food Programme are Tackling Food Insecurity in Bolivia

A few years ago while trudging the kids to school in the aftermath of a massive snowstorm with our streets in abysmal shape, I learned of the critical reason why NYC public schools stay open during inclement winter weather. In poor city communities, the only chance for breakfast and a hot lunch for some children is at school.  With that knowledge, I gladly took the kids to and from school amidst snowstorms and ice-drenched streets.  If there’s anything that tugs at a mother’s heart, it’s children without access to nutritious foods necessary for a healthy life.

It’s hard to image an entire country where food-insecurity and lack of nutrition are the norm. Bolivia has been classified as one of Latin America’s poorest countries and one of the most-food insecure countries in the world. A few years ago we were thrilled to share the promising commitment that Truvia made on World Food Day 2012, in helping to support children and families in Bolivia.  Via a partnership with The United Nations World Food Programme, the Sharing a Sweet Future initiative is now wrapping up its third impactful year, successfully tackling food insecurity while planting the seeds for community self-sufficiency.

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Just take a look at the program’s remarkable longitudinal impact in only three years’ time, with nearly $1 million dollars in aid.

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67,330 Bolivian school children fed and so much more! Incredible, isn’t it? With nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population unable to afford adequate food for a healthy life, and 65 percent of all rural household unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake, the Sharing a Sweet Future initiative has had a tremendous impact in improving the lives of the people of Bolivia.  As Sergio Torres, head of Bolivian operations for the WFP shared, “Truvia’s support came at a time when we didn’t have any resources, and were almost going to close this type of program.”

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Please join us in helping to raise awareness for this life-changing program by visiting the program’s website.  Here you’ll find first-hand glimpses of everyday life in Bolivia through a series of short documentary films capturing children, families, farm workers and more.  The stories are eye-open and raw, yet matched with the beautiful synergy of Sharing a Sweet Future, which carries tremendous hope rooted in sustainability.

Join us in getting involved at WFP.org.

This is a sponsored post and an initiative that is dear to our hearts.  Thank you for reading.

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Sharing a Sweet Future || Food Security in Bolivia with Truvia

This post is sponsored by Truvia via One2One Network.  Opinions, as always are my own.

The kids went back-to-school this week, and I carefully packaged each compartment of two stainless steel lunch containers with proportioned amounts of healthy variety that I had been thinking about for quite some time.  I found myself worrying about my son’s super early lunch time until a partnership with Truvia came along.  It opened my eyes to chronic malnutrition and the astounding amounts of food insecure households in Bolivia, one of Latin America’s poorest countries.  I  couldn’t wait to work with a company anchored in social goodness, and determination to help feed Bolivian school children while establishing self-sufficiency within the community.

In Bolivia, an astounding 40 percent of the population are unable to secure adequate food for a healthy life and a whooping 65 percent of all rural households can’t meet the minimum recommended caloric intake.  That’s why Truvia recently announced it’s “Sharing a Sweet Future” initiative in collaboration with The World Food Program USA, which will help to feed 49,705 Bolivian schoolchildren in the first two years of a three-year partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme.

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Nutrition, safety, environmental sustainability and education have already been improved through Truvia’s provision of 97 metric tons of vitamin-fortified vegetable oil and 125 fuel-efficient stoves in rural schools – with training provided to over 750 parents and school employees.  These stoves replaced dangerous traditional stoves and require substantially less fuel while reducing harmful smoke.

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Help raise awareness for this amazing initiative by visiting www.shareasweetfuture.com, and share videos of Bolivian families with the hashtag #SweetFuture on social media.  Also help Truvia’s continual corporate responsibility program’s future organizational partnerships by viewing and voting for charitable partners.  I would love to see the momentum continue with a partnership with Feed the Children one of the largest charitable organizations in the U.S. rooted in providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials.

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