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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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    Those poor kids in Bolivia. It breaks my heart, but I love that Truvia is helping! What an awesome program this is.

    • It’s so remarkable how much they’ve done in terms of sustainability! This isn’t just a “feed the kids program”. The initiative will carry tremendous lasting effects with all the work they have done to make the community self-sufficient. It has changed the country. Thanks for reading Robin!

  2. OMG! I feel so sorry for the littles in Bolivia who don’t have food! I’m so glad Truvia is helping to fight hunger over there.

  3. Catherine S says

    It is so great to see Truvia helping out and this is a really great program. Nobody should ever go hungry.

  4. OMG, this is incredible. Thank you for sharing, it really struck me hard. I used to teach at a school that was instrumental with feeding the students breakfast and lunch. Many didn’t have meals if they didn’t eat at school. Glad to see that Truvia is helping out to children in such need in Bolivia.

  5. It breaks my heart to know that so many children are going hungry. I’m glad Truvia is trying to help ease their plight. it’s such a horrible thing.

  6. This is wonderful to know they are helping for sure! It is so important that people are able to nourish their bodies.

  7. Wow, Truvia really does a lot for kids and communities who are in need. I love Truvia so this is good to hear.

  8. Oh wow. This is really great that they are really helping. I think more people, and companies need to step up and help!

  9. This sounds like an amazing program. More companies should be giving back like this.

  10. It warms my heart to know that there are companies doing such great work. I wasn’t aware of the conditions of Bolivia, but it sounds like Truvia is doing great work.

  11. Wow, this article is quite educational.
    I guess being a land-locked country also does not help Bolivia out much.

  12. Ryan Escat says

    This is so wonderful. Good thing you shared it! Thanks.

  13. Food insecurity is something I find heartbreaking. I like ce that big companies put their resources toward helping.

  14. So proud to see Truvia is supporting such a good cause. Just another reason to love them.

  15. How wonderful what Truvia is doing. This is the kind of help that I love to hear about… no one should have to go hungry.

  16. I love when companies help others. This program sounds fantastic! I’m glad that the program is helping these young children.

  17. The statistics in this post were just astounding. What a difference Truvia is making in Bolivia

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