Grow a row with Cosmo

Springville, Utah— Local organizations are joining forces with Cosmo and Sesame Street to raise awareness of childhood hunger.

On Sunday, May 20, 2012 KBYU 11 will air Growing Hope Against Hunger, one of Sesame Street’s newest productions. The program, which begins at 6 p.m., introduces children to a new character whose family turns to a food pantry as they struggle to make ends meet. In the show, Elmo and friends learn about hunger and how they can help others through various activities such as hosting a food drive or planting a garden to donate fresh produce to their local food bank. 

To raise awareness, KBYU 11, the Community Action Food Bank, Pepsi and Walmart are hosting the “Grow a Row with Cosmo” event on May 19, 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will take place at the Walmart in Springville.

As part of the event, 200 children will have the opportunity to create their own terrarium alongside Cosmo. The purpose is to help children understand more about gardening and how they can donate fresh produce through the Grow a Row Program at the Community Action Food Bank.

In addition, the first 200 families will each receive a Sesame Street Workshop kit. Each kit provides a valuable resource to help parents teach their children about hunger and food related issues. The kits are free and each contains a Sesame Street DVD and a magazine discussing a variety of topics, including:

  • Family Food Talk offers ways for families to talk together about food and any related worries parents and children may have
  • Healthy Food on a Budget has ideas to help plan, shop and save money
  • Healthy Choices Anytime offers tips for making healthy choices anytime, anywhere
  • Making Connections includes ways to reach out for support

Cosmo will also be available for photographs between 9 and 11 a.m. The event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

Hunger is a growing problem throughout the United States and the state of Utah.  The Food Research Action Center reports that nearly 1 in 5 (23%) Utah households with children experience food hardship.

To find out more about hunger in Utah, visit utahcap.org.

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