Orlando, FL (PRWEB) August 15, 2014
The new Power Your Lunchbox Pledge by Produce for Kids®, launching August 11 and running through September 15, encourages parents to pack healthier lunchboxes for their kids this back-to-school season. Visitors to poweryourlunchbox.com can pledge to pack healthier lunchboxes; get RD-approved, kid-friendly lunchbox ideas and tips; and download coupons from companies supporting the program.
For every pledge that families or individuals take, participating produce companies will make a 25 cent donation to DonorsChoose.org to fund health and wellness classroom projects around the country. Additionally, Define Bottles will be providing DonorsChoose.org with 20 percent of each sale during the pledge time frame.
“There is so much in the news today about what kids are eating during lunch at school,” said Trish James, vice president, Produce for Kids. "We’re excited to be encouraging parents to pack healthier lunchboxes this school year and providing them with resources to do so. In addition, we’re able to raise funds to educate kids in the classroom about making healthier food choices and the importance of nutrition and exercise.”
Produce for Kids’ Instagram and Twitter fans can use the #PowerYourLunchbox hashtag to show off their healthy lunchboxes throughout the program to be automatically entered to win weekly prizes and have their lunchboxes featured on Produce for Kids’ Facebook page. Prizes include bento boxes, fruit-infusing water bottles, grocery store gift cards and more.
Parents looking for even more tips and resources for healthy lunchboxes are invited to join Produce for Kids and partner companies at the #PowerYourLunchbox Twitter party on August 20, 2014 at 9 pm ET.
Produce for Kids partners supporting Power Your Lunchbox Pledge include: AMC Direct, South African Summer Citrus, Define Bottles™, GROW by Organics Unlimited, Laptop Lunches® Bento-ware and Pero Family Farms®. These companies will be making a difference by helping Produce for Kids fund health and wellness classroom projects across the U.S. through DonorsChoose.org.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity aimed at helping public and charter schoolteachers across America obtain the supplies needed for their classrooms. To date, 190,000 public and charter schoolteachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $247 million in books, art supplies, technology and other resources to enhance student learning.
Teachers across the country are encouraged to begin uploading their health and nutrition-based classroom projects as early as September 1 to receive funding from the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge program. Produce for Kids will be enlisting the help of the public to match donations to all projects that meet these requirements. For more information on teacher eligibility, please visit DonorsChoose.org.
For more information, please visit http://www.poweryourlunchbox.com.
About Produce for Kids®
Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $4.8 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit http://www.produceforkids.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $247 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 11 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
Visit http://www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.