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Sharing A Sweet Future with Truvia®

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I have talked about the importance of knowing where our products come from and how companies can do extreme harm when trying to produce products for the lowest price in other countries without thinking of the men, women and children who they are affecting. That’s why I feature companies in my social good section who are doing good in the communities they operate, ultimately making the world a better place.

“Sharing a Sweet Future,” was launched by Truvia® in 2012 to help reduce childhood hunger in Bolivia and improve communities through better education, nutrition and safety.

In the communities where Truvia® operates nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population are unable to afford adequate food for a healthy life and 65 percent of all rural households in Bolivia are unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake. Truvia® has an opportunity to make a positive impact.

  • Over a three-year period, nearly $1 million in contributions from the Truvia® business will have been used to help develop sustainable communities in Bolivia, a region of critical need with one of the highest rates of nutritional deficiencies in South America.
  • The Truvia partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme so far has helped to feed 49,075 Bolivian schoolchildren.
  • They provide support to producers to invest in education, healthcare, farm improvements, and technical assistance to increase yield and quality, thereby increasing income.

As you can see, Truvia® has done so much good in their partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme over the past few years and they want you to have a voice in helping choose the organization they partner with in 2015! Visit truvia.com/vote to vote for one of these organizations: Feeding America, Edible Schoolyard, Action for Healthy Kids, United Nations World Food Programme and Feed The Children.

Go vote! You can also visit Truvia® to view videos that share stories of children, families and farmers in Bolivia.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with One2One network and Truvia®. We appreciate your support of companies who do good in the world!

End Child Hunger #LetKidsBeKids

Child hunger does happen in the United States.

In Oklahoma, it is estimated that 300,000 children may be left without a stable source of nutrition during the summer months when school is out.

Fortunately, some of the schools here in Iowa provide free lunches during the summer to make sure the students who receive free lunches at school will continue to be well-fed.  Many people don’t realize that despite all of the great organizations we have here in the United States, children are still going hungry.

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This is why Feed The Children is piloting The Oklahoma Summer Food and Education Program.

You may already know Feed The Children as one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations, but they are back with a new look and a renewed commitment to making sure no child goes to bed hungry. I’m here to tell you of the organization’s new commitment of leading by example, starting with their pilot program in Oklahoma to end child hunger.

In partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, kids in Oklahoma will:

  • Have Access To More Meals: Feed The Children will provide 115,000 meals, many of which can be brought home.
  • Nourishing Bodies and Minds: At 11 sites, Feed the Children will provide books and educational resources including school supplies for the school year.

Part of the issue of child hunger, is to figure out why kids are still going hungry. Feed the Children will also conduct studies to figure out why some low-income families send their children for meals and some do not. To end this issue, we need to empower families, unite forces with other like-minded organizations and build a new generation of partners and advocates to help eradicate child hunger.

Join us in the fight to end hunger with a tweet-up on July 9th, from 1-2pm est on the hashtag #LetKidsBeKids No organization can tackle the issue of child hunger alone. We need your help!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Feed The Children.

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn Kernels of Kindness™

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is celebrating 100 years! In honor of their birthday, JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is celebrating with Kernels of Kindness™. What better way to celebrate then by giving back? One hundred $1,000 grants will be awarded to people and organizations around the country who bring joy, happiness and kindness to their communities. If you didn’t know the definition of the word Jolly, here it is:

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  1. happy and cheerful. synonyms: cheerful, happy, cheery, good-humored, jovial, merry, sunny, joyful, joyous, lighthearted, in high spirits, bubbly, exuberant, ebullient, gleeful, mirthful, genial, affable, fun-loving; (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

So I can think of no better way to celebrate a company that radiates joy not only in their name, but what they have become for many families: a happy and joyful time spent together.

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Our family is a great example with our 12 1/2 lb. container of Jolly Time Pop Corn (and we go through several of these a year)! My kids literally (and I mean literally) jump for joy when we have popcorn.

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On behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn, head on over to Kernels of Kindness™ and nominate someone who is also bringing joy and happiness in their own community. They could be one of the one hundred people receiving grants for their good deeds or charitable work.

I will be nominating my sister, Meagan, who currently runs The Grace House. The Grace House is a home for pregnant girls and young moms who lived in the Ghanaian markets. Her hope is to give them the tools to care for their young family by themselves. Meagan has lived in Ghana for almost two years now and brings joy wherever she goes. She truly loves Ghana and the people and I admire the selfless acts she does everyday.

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You also get the chance to win $50 of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn goodies and a $100 Amazon gift card. I’m sure that will bring you a little joy and happiness :) Enter below in the Rafflecopter form.
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I was given a gift card in exchange for this post by Momdot Media, but I love to talk about companies that give back to their communities in my “do good” section.