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HELP USA’s mission is to provide housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless and people in need to become and remain self reliant. Through the development of quality housing with on-site support services, HELP USA provides resources for its residents to become independent and self-sufficient. HELP USA breaks the cycle of dependency by addressing underlying causes in a way that respects the dignity of those we serve. HELP USA helps their clients help themselves.

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By:  Marjan

I’m so inspired when I hear: “Our children today are our hopes for a better future”. We believe the future will somehow be better without really understanding how that will transpire? What efforts do we take to confidently promote this belief? Yes, information, technology, and science have advanced dramatically within the last decades. But has the quality of life?

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“It is our responsibility as parents, educators and citizens to put an end to our broken lunch system and change the way we feed our children. Children are our future. The good news is that change is possible”

The above quote is from the eye-opening documentary called : Lunch – What are kids munching on? by Avis Richards.

The 26 minute movie is focused on different subjects and statistics: kids, as young as 5-6 year old, are developing traditional adult diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gallbladder and more than 30% of the nation’s children and considered overweight or obese. This is probably the most shocking documentary of this kind I have seen.

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 By Cindy Jamieson

Living in Canada, we never had to rely on our schools to feed our children. It is the parent's responsibility to send the kids to school with a full belly and to send them nutritious food for the school day. While I am thankful that I haven't had to rely on the school lunch program to feed Mr.B, I am saddened by what I am seeing in other countries, who do have lunch programs. In the U.S, 28 million children rely on the school lunch program. As a result, we are now faced with a National Childhood Obesity Crisis. In the U.S. and around the world, children as young as 6 yrs old are faced with adult diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. 38 % of children have high cholesterol and 30% of them are overweight. Due to our ignorance in school lunch programs, our children have been given a lower life expectancy than us, their parents. Scary isn't it?

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