Better Breakfast Month is an unofficial holiday recognized by many school districts around the nation throughout September. The goal is to promote the importance of breakfast, both for youth and adults. Breakfast has been proven to increase academic performance of students. According to WebMD, the American Dietetic Association reports children who eat breakfast concentrate better and have increased problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination. Breakfast is important for adults, too. Nutritionally balanced breakfast can lower cholesterol levels, help control your weight and provide more energy for regular exerce. Join conversations about #BetterBreakfastMonth on social media and find inspiration for your morning plate. Continue reading
As GROW celebrates a milestone of 10 years of giving back to Mexican and Ecuadorian communities, we want to share information on how the funds raised from GROW organic banana sales are distributed and used. With the help of GROW donations, Project Amigo is able to aid the rural families in Mexico that live near the banana plantations. Educational scholarships pay for school uniforms, textbooks and supplies for the youth and homework clubs provide a safe and supportive environment for students to visit after school. Learn more about how GROW benefits Project Amigo’s mission in this interview with Project Amigo Chairman of the Board Bev Oster (pictured above). Continue reading
Julieta helping a group of students at a homework club. Photos courtesy of GROW and Project Amigo.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 5, we wanted to share more about the dedication and work of the Project Amigo staff. With the help of GROW donations, raised through the purchase of GROW organic bananas, Project Amigo is able to aid the rural families in Mexico that live near the banana plantations. Educational scholarships pay for school uniforms, textbooks and supplies for the youth, and homework clubs provide a safe and supportive environment for students to visit after school. At each homework club location, a Project Amigo staff member serves as a teacher and provides other assistance.
Project Amigo staff not only serve as tutors and administrators for each club location, but they are mentors to many of the youth; tutors like Jorge and Julieta are role models for Project Amigo students that also want to go on to college and give back to their own communities through their chosen professions. Continue reading
The GROW label from Organics Unlimited helps families in the banana growing communities by providing funds to Project Amigo, a nonprofit organization in Mexico. With the financial support they receive from the GROW label, Project Amigo is able to provide communities with vision clinics, dental clinics and literacy and an educational programs. Continue reading
We’re continuing GROW Month with another great letter from Luis, a GROW scholar for the past six years. Luis will be completing high school soon and plans on attending university after graduating. Learn more about Luis’ inspiring ambition after the break. Continue reading
Through your continued interest and support of GROW, many students have been welcomed back to school this fall. We receive many letters from our GROW scholars who like to share their progress. And today we share the kind words of Esperanza, who has been with the GROW program for the past seven years. Continue reading