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15 Feb 2017

Eating with Family: Promoting the Development of 10,000 Mexican Families

  • Mexico Food Banks (BAMX for its acronyms in Spanish), FEMSA and the University of Monterrey (UDEM) joined efforts in the Eating with Family program, empowering mothers and caregivers to boost the development of 10,000 families
  • Eating with Family, which is implemented in 15 food banks, gives out training sessions on healthy eating practices and their benefits for the families, particularly during child development.
  • As part of the program’s methodology, the cookbook helps to recover Mexican food culture, becoming a program that also transmits knowledge.

Monterrey, February 15th, 2017. - Food Banks of Mexico (BAMX for its acronyms in Spanish), FEMSA Foundation and University of Monterrey (UDEM) presented the Eating with Family Program at the Roberto Garza Sada Center facilities. The institutions got together with the purpose of boosting the development of 10,000 families, improving their health and promoting the healthy cooking habits using regional products.

Eating with Family seeks to empower women and caregivers who come to food banks to become agents of change in their families. Through workshops that follow their own methodology, the beneficiaries develop abilities that allow them to improve the nutritional status and health of their families by considering the customs, culinary traditions, socioeconomic resources and cultural, environmental and gastronomic aspects of Mexico.

Experts from UDEM were in charge of designing a multidisciplinary methodology to address the nutritional problems of families with scarce resources. In addition, as part of this program, the involved organizations train Food Banks of Mexico facilitators for them to be able to apply the program at communities through a manual that helps integrate popular knowledge with scientific information. Through this methodology that also includes monitoring and evaluating of results, these organizations seek to strengthen healthy eating behavior in caregivers and their families.

“Through science and multi-sector collaboration, the University of Monterrey promotes the creation of knowledge to face the country’s current challenges. Eating with Family is an example of an intervention that teaches how eating habits can be improved and thus ensure family well-being”, said University of Monterrey Rector, Dr. Antonio José Dieck Assad.

Eating with Family consists of 24 cooking workshops that are taught every two weeks throughout a year at communities from 11 states, including Chiapas, Guanajuato, Nuevo León and Veracruz. During these workshops, which have a psychoeducational constructivist approach, caregivers are encouraged to resume healthy eating practices to promote their families’ well-being, especially the development of children from the earliest years.

“We know that developing programs that incorporate child development concepts into nutritional education has much more effective results than working exclusively on promoting healthy eating habits. Through the Eating with Family program, we empower mothers to offer healthy and rich food alternatives to their children and families, as well as warm environments and interactions to drive their full development”, said FEMSA Foundation Director, Mariano Montero.

The elaboration of dishes is the vehicle to promote a healthy diet, recovering the Mexican food culture that includes the habits of preparing food at home, eating with family or friends and, above all, enjoying the taste of food. With this initiative, the beneficiaries manage to make the most out of the food packages delivered to the banks, preventing malnutrition due to deficiencies or excess of nutrients.

Eating with Family recipe books are built by each beneficiary along with his or her instructor, session by session, and are kept in a box. As an object, the box-recipe book occupies a visible place within the kitchen, serving as an evocation of coexistence and family traditions.

“The launch of the recipe book will historically mark the direction of nutrition and food habits for our families”, concluded Food Banks of Mexico President, Federico González Celaya.

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On Food Banks of Mexico

Food Banks of Mexico is a non-profit civil society organization dedicated to improve food and nutrition habits in Mexico since 1995, by collecting food at risk of being wasted (at industries, crop fields, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels) and taking them to people, communities and institutions that need it.

Composed by a network of more than 50 banks distributed throughout the national territory, 10,000 volunteers and a National Service Office, Food Banks of Mexico annually serves more than one million people going through food shortages. This is possible thanks to the support of more than 2,000 companies and more than 500 producers and merchants, which join this initiative through donations. Considered one of the most important civil organizations of the country, today it is the only food banks network in Mexico and the second largest in the world.

On FEMSA Foundation

FEMSA Foundation has the purpose of generating positive impact on people and communities through social investment for sustainability. The organization works in two areas: 1) the conservation and sustainable use of water; 2) the impulse for early childhood development. For more information, visit the site (www.fundacionfemsa.org) or follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FundacionFEMSA/)

On University of Monterrey

University of Monterrey promotes the creation of knowledge to face the challenges of the new era through a higher education model inserted in an intercultural environment of academic excellence based on a Personal Formation Plan and a strong impetus for research. For more information visit our site (www.udem.edu.mx) or follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/universidaddemonterrey)

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