Vitamin Angels US, a public health and nutrition organization delivering evidence-based nutrition interventions to nutritionally vulnerable, underserved populations globally, has announced a program partnership with Vitamin Angels UK. Together, the organizations will provide supplemental food packages, free of charge, to select nurseries serving children in the U.K. who are at nutritional risk.
“One in four children in the U.K. grow up at risk for food insecurity,” said Ann Micka Vitamin Angels UK senior program manager. “We are grateful to be an official program partner of Vitamin Angels US so that together we can improve nutrition for young children in the U.K. who need it most.”
The nurseries receive weekly deliveries of self-selected fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods. The package is designed to contribute to a quality diet that is consistent with the Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England. It complements existing nutrition services and aims to reduce the prevalence of both inadequate nutrient intakes (e.g. vitamins and minerals) and excessive nutrient intakes (e.g. salt and saturated fat).
Currently, Vitamin Angels U.K. serves more than 400-plus children from low-income families who could benefit from increased access to better nutrition through the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). By the end of 2020, Vitamin Angels UK will double their program efforts and launch a nutrition education program in which nutritional resources will be distributed via print and digital media to NDNA’s network of more than six thousand nurseries in the UK.
“At our core, we believe that every child deserves a chance at a healthy life,” said Howard Schiffer, Vitamin Angels US founder and president. “Our program partnership with Vitamin Angels UK will allow us to give the gift of nutrition to even more children and help build the foundation for healthy futures.”
Corporate partners supporting Vitamin Angels UK include Walgreens Boots Alliance, Alliance Healthcare UK, Hairburst, among others.
For more information, visit www.vitaminangels.org.uk.