ACSGW Launches Healthy Child 1000
Story by V. Michelle Bernard
Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), with the help of Adventist HealthCare, has started Healthy Child 1000, a program to assist mothers with needs, from conception to the time the baby turns two.
Prior to the new program, ACSGW already provided food and diapers and a monthly food basket to families. Participating families can now receive fresh produce, nutritious shelf-stable foods and baked goods every other week, as well as feminine hygiene items and 100 diapers each month. At weaning, baby/toddler food will be added.
ACCGW leaders shared the program is planned to help the child roughly through conception to their second birthday. “This is a child’s most formative period. Adequate nutrition in this period is vital to future physical and mental capacities,” they said. “A doubling of food, support to enroll in WIC and/or SNAP, and informational sessions related in infant and toddler health do produce better outcomes.”
Find out more about the program and ACSGW here.
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