ACS teams up with food bank to promote healthy eating for kids

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Andes — A joint program being sponsored by Andes Central School (ACS) and the Andes Food Bank kicked off Friday when each and every ACS student in Kindergarten through second grade picked up a box of healthy food on the way home to make sure that all of the school’s younger children have healthy eating choices over the weekend.
HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.

The bags, which are paid for and assembled by volunteers at the Andes Food Bank, contained several pieces of fresh fruit and possibly a granola bar and/or a box of raisins. Organizers of the project expect that the delivers of food will continue each Friday through the remainder of the school year.

The project, whose goal is to promote healthy eating habits among the children of Andes, began last month when Andes Food Bank volunteers Tom Joyce, Joi Brundege, and Wyva Hasselbald began to meet and discuss how to support the nation’s healthy eating initiatives. Across the country families are dealing with access to healthy food and childhood obesity issues.
With ACS as a partner, the committee quickly decided that helping young children develop healthy eating habits, and providing some healthy food to encourage those habits, would help the Andes Food Bank fulfill its community mission.
Helping with effort with food donations have been Freshtown Marketplace of Margaretville and Price Chopper in Delhi. Other help is being solicited and anyone who would like to donate to the program can call Joi Brundege at 845 676-4753 for details.