by Megan Callahan, Hy-Vee Corporate Dietitian
While school’s in session, 22 million kids rely on the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced-price meals. But the need for food continues into summer months. Therefore, Hy-Vee, in partnership with Kellogg’s and Keurig Dr Pepper, has launched its End Summer Hunger campaign. During the month of July, for every qualifying purchase at a Hy-Vee grocery store, one meal will be donated to Feeding America food banks in Hy-Vee’s eight-state region.
The goal is to provide 1.5 million meals to children and families in need. You can do your part by purchasing one of the following products at a Hy-Vee location near you: Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats, Kellogg’s Club crackers and Town House crackers, CORE Hydration (six-pack), select Bai Antioxidant Infusion drinks (six-pack), and Evian Natural Spring Water (six-pack). Need some delicious, yet nutritious, ways to use these products? Let your Hy-Vee dietitian be of some help.
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats: Rise and shine with your new morning meal. Forgo the toaster pastries this month, and pour a bowl of belly-loving, bite-size biscuits. Made with 100% whole grains, these tasty squares pair perfectly with your choice of milk. Simply slice up a peach on the side, and you can feel proud about your meal as well as your donation to families in need.
Kellogg’s Club crackers and Town House crackers: Flaky. Buttery. Dare I say more? These crackers are the perfect vehicle for any flavor of hummus or guacamole dip. In addition, they make a wonderful stand-alone snack or part of a party platter with delicious cheeses and low-sodium deli meat. Join the End Summer Hunger club with Club or Town House crackers.
CORE Hydration (six-pack): Feel good to your core by helping those who need it most. CORE Hydration can come in clutch during these hot summer months when dehydration can hit the danger zone. CORE is balanced with electrolytes and minerals to work in perfect hydration harmony, keeping you happy and energized.
Bai Antioxidant Infusion (six-pack): The goal is saying good-Bai to summer hunger once and for all. If you’re worn out on water, kick those taste buds up a notch while keeping calories low. Whether you prefer peach or are just fond of all things fruity, there’s a Bai beverage flavor just for you.
Evian Natural Spring Water (six-pack): Cheers! Yet another water choice to consider when thinking of those who need it most. This particular water option takes the hassle out of hydration, plus it’s the perfect canvas to jazz up by throwing in slices of lemon, lime and mint.
Summer hunger may be temporary, yet its impact can last a lifetime. Research shows children who miss breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, inattentive and disruptive when they return to the classroom. In addition, more families have struggled this year because of the effects of COVID-19. If you’re hungry to help, stop by your local Hy-Vee store and pick up one of the products mentioned above. Let’s all do our part to end summer hunger to ensure families have access to meals no matter the month of the year.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
Megan Callahan is one of your Hy-Vee Corporate Dietitians. She is dedicated to helping people live healthier and happier lives. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Missouri State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she also received her Master of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition. Megan has been working with Hy-Vee full-time for 10 years. With a passion for nutrition and wellness, Megan is dedicated to educating customers and promoting healthy lifestyles to our Hy-Vee community. Megan lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband Matt, and their 2 children Kennedy (4) & Carsyn (2).