Good health rocks! Food Bank dishes up rock painting and health tips at lunch

Angie Francalancia
Published 6:04 p.m. ET July 24, 2017

At Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Your Plate Health and Wellness Center this week, good health rocked when children gathered for a rock painting event that included a nutritious lunch and health tips.

Recently about 20 kids and their parents took part in Rock Paint Fun, sponsored by the Treasure Coast Florida KidCare Coalition. Each received a free lunch, choosing either chicken nuggets or peanut butter and jelly, along with fruits and vegetables, thanks to Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals program.

“I liked the chicken nuggets best,” said Noah Benavides, age 5.

“I love eating vegetables,” said James Cowger, 8, as he munched broccoli.

They painted rocks, and went on a rock hunt, and each went away with a bag of fresh apples and good health tips, complements of the University of Florida Healthy Nutrition Program. All the children left with a swag bag full of fun activities and incentives to encourage healthy eating and overall good health.

The goal of the event was to provide awareness of Florida KidCare, the state-based health and dental insurance program for children from birth to age 18. The program covers kids even if one or both parents are working. Monthly premiums depend upon the household’s size and income, but most families pay between $15 and $20 a month. For more information about Florida KidCare, visit www.floridakidcare.org.

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals is open to all kids, 18 and under at no cost to them. To find a convenient lunch site, visit www.summerfoodflorida.org.

About Treasure Coast Food Bank

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

About Florida KidCare

Florida’s quality, affordable, child-centered health and dental insurance for kids from birth through the end of age 18. 2.5 million Florida children rely on Florida KidCare for the head to toe coverage they need.

Florida KidCare is a state based subsidized child-centered health and dental insurance. With four unique Florida KidCare programs – MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids, Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan (CMS) and Medicaid – our simple and free application process is designed to identify the program that fits your family best. With year-round enrollment, the time to apply is always now at www.floridakidcare.org or by calling 1-888-540-KIDS (5437).

Florida KidCare’s comprehensive, child-centered health and dental coverage includes doctor visits, immunizations, dental care, emergency care, hospital stays and much more. Most families pay nothing at all for coverage, and many families pay just $15 or $20 a month. A full-pay option is also available, so all Florida families can apply.

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