It’s no secret that helping others satisfies the soul, is good for your mental health, and benefits those who need it most, but why stop there? Why not make your body feel good with that “just worked out” sense of accomplishment too? Well, The CE Shop Foundation’s latest initiative, the Fit for Food Challenge, does just that.
In what we hope will become the next social movement for good, The CE Shop’s Fit for Food Challenge is a multi-faceted entendre of feel-good activity whose sole purpose is to help us all be a little healthier and, most importantly, eliminate childhood hunger.
Over 30 million children across the United States rely on reduced or no-cost school lunch programs. However, when that Friday bell rings many of those children are forced to go the entire weekend without the sustenance they need to continue to develop into tomorrow’s leaders.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple studies show a direct link between access to nutritious food and academic performance. Children who go hungry are more likely to score lower grades, have higher rates of absenteeism, repeat grades more often, and possess an inability to focus.
Meanwhile, other research cited by childrenshealthwatch.org suggests that children who lack proper nutrition and access to food also are more likely to have impaired memory and social skills, even 10 years later. The organization also notes that they’re more likely to be in poor physical health and more likely to need to seek treatment from mental health professionals.
Considering education’s role in breaking the cycle of poverty, we feel that it’s only right that we help hungry children maximize their chances by taking the question “here is my next meal going to come from?” off their plate and replacing it with a healthy serving of “we support you.”
By now you’re probably wondering how you can help.
Beginning on July 1st, we will be holding our month-long Fit for Food Challenge, where we ask participants to commit to a personal exercise of their choice, donate to the cause, and challenge their friends and family to do the same. It can be as simple as 10 jumping jacks every day, or as epic as a heart-pumping endorphin-fueled 100-mile bicycle ride. Of course, if you’re not able to participate but you would still like to help, a donation can be made. For just $4 you can feed an entire family of four for an entire weekend. That’s less than a venti latte.
All proceeds from donations, merchandise, and fundraising will go directly to The CE Shop Foundation, a 501c(3) organization which is partnering with Colorado local non-profit Food For Thought, another 501c(3) dedicated to helping make a direct impact on the lives and success of underserved elementary students throughout the state. What’s more, The CE Shop will be matching the first $15,000 in donations.
So what do you say? Are you up for the challenge? Let us know by donating, tagging us on social media with #FitForFood, and challenging your friends to a little bit of healthy competition.
About The CE Shop Foundation
The CE Shop Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to helping youth and education initiatives. The foundation collects funds for school-aged backpack programs in cooperation with elementary schools and local food banks.
About The CE Shop
The CE Shop is an award-winning organization focused on providing education that matters. Whether it's Pre-Licensing, Post-Licensing, or Continuing Education, The CE Shop provides quality education for real estate agents and brokers across the nation.