Food for the future: a partnership to promote healthy lifestyle habits
Wednesday 11 August 2021
Along with the PepsiCo Foundation consolidated an alliance to promote healthy lifestyle habits and improve the nutritional status of students from 5 to 12 years at the FPD schools in Barranquilla and Cartagena.
The project delivered more than 135,000 food packages to those students who required them, along with the development of other nutritional education strategies for the community, and to encourage good eating habits in children and teenagers in the country.
“For PepsiCo, as a leader in the global food and beverage industry, and specifically for our foundation, being part of this type of initiative is one of our priorities. Contributing to the development of children and the well-being of the communities where we operate will always be our main objective. Food for the Future allows us to continue positively impacting the student community and on this occasion, hand in hand with the Pies Descalzos Foundation,” said Maria Paula Cano, PepsiCo’s Director of Corporate Affairs for the Andean region.
Our executive director Patricia Sierra, stresses this project involves monitoring and improving the nutritional status of children. “With this alliance, we want to continue contributing to education in the country. This time, promoting healthy habits that allow a better school performance in children and of course an adequate growth”.
A project with great allies
“Food for the Future” had the support of the Metropolitan University of Barranquilla to know the nutritional status of each student, collecting valuable information for families and teachers and, allowing to adequately address the nutritional needs of children in order to improve their health.
At the same time, food rations have been delivered to those who have already passed these processes, which include dairy products, baked goods, and seasonal fruits.
As part of the nutritional education strategy, the project also achieved the construction of two school vegetable gardens, as well as the development of physical activity sessions that educate, entertain, and promote a healthy lifestyle in the community.
“In the midst of virtuality, we have linked the community in physical activity sessions and we have also delivered low-cost healthy snack recipes. All this is the result of a great alliance in which we continue to work and in which we hope to have better results now with the return to face-to-face attendance in schools,” concludes Patricia Sierra.
This alliance is part of PepsiCo’s global Food for Good campaign, which seeks to promote food security by supporting different initiatives in the communities where the company operates.