The Vegan School Lunch Challenge encourages parents to prepare a plant-based lunch for their children one day a week as children return to school
forager project®, creator of organic, dairy-free vegan foods, has partnered with Veganuary, the non-profit organization that encourages people to try vegan during the month of January each year, to launch the Vegan School Lunch Challenge . The challenge aims to inspire more families to eat plant-based breakfasts at least once a week that are healthy, nutritious and fun for kids.
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The Vegan School Lunch Challenge kicks off August 16 and provides parents with free tools, education, and resources to make it easier to teach their kids about healthy lifestyles. All interested parents can access this information from dietitians and nutrition professionals who believe in the power of plant-based eating through a downloadable booklet available online here. The booklet contains information such as:
- The “Lunch Box Formula” – a visual overview of the main foods/categories to include in a child’s lunch.
- Lunch box themes to make plant-based eating fun – like a Veggie Sushi bento box, PB&J bento box, Quesadilla bento box, and more!
- Tips for picky eaters, how to save time, make nutritious and healthy vegan lunches, and more.
- A grocery checklist that parents can easily download.
“Forager Project® has always been passionate about the foods we eat and where they come from,” said John-Charles Hanley, Co-Founder and President of Forager Project®. “Since becoming a father, I have an even deeper understanding of the impact food has on the health of our bodies and the planet, and it’s important to partner with a like-minded organization like Veganuary to help to spread this message. We’re excited to help provide the tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years to families returning to school and hope they see the health benefits of grass-roots eating. of plants (and how easy, fun and delicious it can be!).”
Nutrition experts like Carolina Schneider, MS, RD agree that adopting healthy habits at a young age gives children an edge when it comes to healthy aging. A balanced plant-based diet can help prevent many diseases, including childhood obesity, from which nearly 40 million children aged zero to five suffer (source: WHO). Reducing the risk of childhood obesity also reduces the risk of other diseases that may appear later in life such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, etc. (source: CDC). According to Angela Houlie, MS, RDN, CDN, a plant-based diet gives kids the energy they need to get through the day and stay focused in school. Forager Project® and Veganuary created the Vegan School Lunch Challenge to make it easy for parents to practice healthy habits in a way that kids get excited about.
“Choosing a plant-based diet is a positive step each of us can take to protect the planet and our health,” said Wendy Matthews, US Director of Veganuary. “It’s great to see companies like Forager Project® stepping in to support a growing number of climate-conscious parents by providing tasty, sustainable and kid-friendly food options, in addition to resources parents can rely on.”
Those interested in participating in the Vegan School Lunch Challenge can find more information on the Forager Project® website at foragerproject.com/vegan-school-lunch-challenge. To learn more about Forager Project®, visit foragerproject.com. To learn more about Veganuary, please visit veganuary.com.
ABOUT FORAGER PROJECT®
Forager Project® is a California-based, organic, plant-based, family-owned and operated food company that makes organic, dairy-free products that taste amazing and are kind to the planet. Since 2013, the company has used its own production, sourcing and innovative recipe development to create its delicious yogurts, nut milks, cheeses, ice creams, sour cream, kefirs and shakes. Forager Project® recently launched its first line of organic cashew milk yogurts for children. Kids Yogurt is a kid-approved snack packed with probiotics, calcium, and essential vitamins D, A, and B12 to make it a 100% vegan, healthy snack that’s easy to eat anytime.
For more information about Forager Project® and to view all product offerings, please visit www.foragerproject.com.
Veganuary is a nonprofit that encourages people around the world to try vegan for January and beyond. During the 2022 campaign, more than 620,000 people made our pledge to try a vegan diet, while more than 1,540 new vegan products and menu options were launched in our main campaign countries. Throughout the year, Veganuary encourages and supports individuals and businesses to adopt plant-based diets in order to protect the environment, prevent animal suffering and improve the health of millions of people.