Our children are at risk.
A staggering 29% of all U.S. children less than 12 years of age are hungry or at-risk for hunger. The impact is enormous and far-reaching. Children with nutritional deficiencies - even mild malnutrition - are destined to suffer from impaired brain function, stunted growth, chronic illness and an increased propensity for violence and aggressive behavior.
What if we could reverse these terrible effects of malnutrition in children, while at the same time raise their IQ levels and increase their ability to learn? Research indicates that a daily multi-vitamin can do all that.
Collaborative distribution sites include: Head Start, Healthy Start and WIC programs, K-12 public schools and school districts, Volunteers of America, Rotary Clubs, Health Care for the Homeless Clinician's Network, community health centers, Council on Aging programs, homeless and battered women shelters, Native American programs, Salvation Army, YWCA and YMCA, Boys & Girls clubs, City Park and Recreation Departments, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, medical and nursing school community outreach programs, and countless other community-based and faith-based organizations.
At these sites, bottles of the free vitamins are given to the parents of at-risk children. In some cases, daily vitamins are given directly to the children at the program sites.
Teachers, parents and other organizational staff report that the 14,000 participating children have achieved higher grades, behave better with others, feel better about themselves, require fewer visits to the doctor and have higher school attendance.
As of January 2005, Vitamin Relief USA ä - Children First is active in 39 states and serves 14,000 at risk children at over 550 locations.