Last Friday, KUTOA donated 600 health bars and also gave an interactive lesson on nutrition to the kids at Mustard Seed School in Sacramento, California.
Mustard Seed School is a free and safe private school for homeless children between the ages of 3-15 years old. It is a fun, positive environment that allows students who would not regularly have the chance to attend school an opportunity to learn and excel. Mustard Seed also provides clothing, food, shelter referrals, medical and dental screening, immunization updates, and counseling for the children and their parents. One of the main goals of Mustard Seed is to help prepare and enroll the children into the public school system and give them the opportunity to receive the education they deserve.
The students of Mustard Seed were truly amazing to work with. They were so eager to learn, and always had questions and stories of their own to add on to the discussion. They watched the video on KUTOA’s website and were so excited that the founder, Joey Grassia, was actually there in person!
KUTOA's Joey Grassia and Alexis Gully briefly discussed how KUTOA started, what we do, and why we do it. Then ChooseMyPlate.gov was introduced and the kids were able to give us a list of their favorite sources of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy. KUTOA members then had a discussion about added sugars, especially the added sugar in some of the more popular drinks that young children consume. The kids were fascinated and some even vowed to cut back on their daily soda intake. After the lesson, the children could not wait to get their hands on and try the KUTOA Health bars and take some to their families.
One of the first questions directed to Joey Grassia was from a little boy who asked, “Does it feel good everything that you do to help other people?” That question touched our hearts and reminds us why we do what we do, and of the impact that we have on the world. Even though we were only able to spend a short amount of time with the children, KUTOA will always remember Mustard Seed School, because we learned just as much from the kids as they learned from us. The excitement and eagerness to learn was truly inspiring, especially coming from children that have so little. We are reminded to truly be thankful for what we have and for the opportunities that we are given. We all have the power to make a difference, to empower.
LIVE, GIVE, EMPOWER.