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Introducing Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s NEW Monthly Volunteer Program, we are now working with the California Food Literacy Center to bring the Sacramento Crisis Nursery Center healthy meals on a monthly basis. 

We had our first volunteer day on October 6 and it was great!!! Thank you everyone for participating and working with us as we start this new venture. We fed 3 infants, and 8 toddlers and preschool aged children. 

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Why we chose the Sacramento Crisis Nursery… 

The ultimate goal of the Sacramento Crisis Nursery program is to keep families together and reduce the number of young children that enter into the foster care system. (They care for infants and children up to 6 years of age.) 

They provide…

  • Voluntary, confidential and free
  • Care provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Children are cared for in a safe, loving and homelike environment
  • Age-appropriate play and learning activities
  • Crisis Intervention services and counseling support for the family
  • 2 locations: South Sacramento & North Sacramento

For any reason… 

  • A sudden illness or accident
  • Feelings of desperation or helplessness
  • Emotional distress or frustration
  • Domestic violence
  • Homelessness
  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • A medical or mental health situation
  • Employment or housing situation

More info: http://www.kidshome.org/what-we-do/CrisisNursery.php

It was important to las Chicas Latinas de Sacramento to provide healthy and natural meals to the children. Today a great number of Latinos suffer from health concerns that can/could be avoided with a healthy diet, for example diabetes. We wanted to make sure that we’re spreading the knowledge to the youth, regardless of culture, that nutrition and health is extremely important – and needs to start early in life. Which is why we brought the California Food Literacy Center on board! 

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Why we chose the California Food Literacy Center… 

Mission:
To inspire change today for a healthy, sustainable tomorrow through enduring community food education.

Vision:
To promote a food literate population in California. We help Californians understand the story of their food.

They will be providing the menu for all of our nursery visits!

For October we hosted a “build your own sandwich bar” with natural and healthy ingredients. The children were able to be creative and try new foods. They were much more open to the idea of trying new foods when they were able to be hands on and creative. 

October’s list of sandwich ingredients: 
  • sunflower seed butter
  • wheat bread
  • whole grain bread
  • apples
  • bananas
  • other easily sliced fruits
  • raisins 
  • cranberries
  • other dried fruits
  • coconut flakes 

More info: http://californiafoodliteracy.org/

Our next visit will be November 17th – you can help by donating your time and/or your food! Hope to see you there! 

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