During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, life’s emergencies don’t stop — and neither does the work of the Gasol Foundation. Despite having to cease in-person programs these last several months, we have continued to provide healthy tools to empower children and urgent resources for all families during the pandemic.
Partnership with World Central Kitchen
Gasol Foundation recently teamed up with Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. There, we distributed over 4,000 healthy and fresh grab-and-go meals to vulnerable children and families. We also provided more than 3,000 backpacks from Jansport complete with Gasol Foundation activities to keep kids active and healthy at-home. If you would like to learn more, click here.
In addition to programs in Los Angeles, we also partnered with World Central Kitchen and TI Communities to provide meals to families participating in our CommUNITY Wellness program in San Antonio. We are proud to have distributed approximately 5,000 meals to TI Community residents. For more information about CommUNITY Wellness, click here.
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Currently, 1 in 5 children in the U.S. is obese. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the root causes of childhood obesity and added urgency to tackle it with effective health promotion strategies. Together, we must encourage health professionals, families, and communities to work together to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and continue to work towards a solution.
YMCA Healthy Kids Kits
Every summer, Gasol Foundation teams up with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles to provide our ENERGY healthy summer camp program. This year, many summer camp programs had to be adapted or even cancelled due to the pandemic. We teamed up with the YMCA to distribute 1,000 healthy kids kits to help promote healthy habits to children and families at home. We are grateful to Nike, Vallarta Supermarkets and Supervisor Solis for their for their support in making this possible.
Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club Collaboration
We are thrilled to have partnered with the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club. Each week, we worked with the Club in Lincoln Heights to provide Grab & Go Activity Kits for children throughout the summer. Kits included a Gasol Foundation newsletter, activities to keep kids active while at home, fun learning materials, paper art, and so much more!
In addition, we hosted a back to school event where we distributed 150 backpacks filled with activities and supplies for kids in August.
What’s Coming Up?
September 11, 2020- Instagram Live with Dr. Goran @ 11:00 am (PDT)
Join the conversation as we speak with Dr. Michael Goran, co-author of SUGARPROOF, a new book helping parents recognize the hidden sugars in food and providing tools to improve children’s nutrition and health.
Recipe of the Month
Looking for a healthy and delicious recipe? Try this nutrious Veggie Omlette. Prepare it at home with your family! For more Gasol Foundation healthy recipes, click here!
Join us in our #ZeroChildhoodObesity vision! Together, let’s continue to provide life-changing programs, initiatives, and resources to children and families!
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