June 21, 2012
OJAI, Calif.Nourish America donated more than 16,000 bottles of multivitamins to River Fund New York and Drake University Head Start as well as the National Foundation for Women Legislators and State Senator Jodi Ernst in tornado- and flood-torn Thurman, IA.
River Fund New York, a member of the Feed Everyone networks, received eight pallets of children's chewable vitamins from Nourish America for its young clients.
"For a family that has the resources to be able to choose their food and balance their nutrition, the kids can develop well without nutritional support," said Swami Durga Das, River Fund New York executive director. "But for families that are dependent on free food programs like ours, the parents aren't able to provide the well-rounded nutrition that their kids need to grow in a healthy way. So receiving multivitamins for these children is just priceless. With a daily dose, they're getting the essential vitamins and minerals that they need for the day, no matter what they were offered to eat."
Nourish America's children's multivitamins also arrived in Thurman and Creston, IA, where on April 14, tornados ravaged the area. According to the Fremont County emergency management director, Mike Crecelius, nearly 75 percent of the small community of Thurman was destroyed. Thanks to a team effort with the National Foundation for Women Legislators, 2,000 bottles were distributed to the many families in need there.
Nourish America has been providing essential nutrition to those in need in America since 1999. Over its history, it has assisted more than 1.5 million Americans struggling with financial challenges and hunger with a nutritional hand-up.
Last year, Nourish America extended its disaster relief to include tornado victims in Alabama and Missouri as well as the flood victims in Mississippi and Louisiana.
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