“It’s important to eat an array of colorful rainbow real foods.”
– Dr. Greene, Eat REAL’s Chief Pediatrician

The Challenge

“Rainbow” has taken on new meaning for families under quarantine due to coronavirus, and has become a sign of hope and that we are all in this together. Kids are joining in the #covidrainbow movement, creating and posting rainbows in windows and on social media.

#RainbowTacoChallenge takes the rainbow movement into the kitchen, connecting people through food and fun. Why?  Because a nutritious diet, filled with an array of colorful veggies, fruits, and whole grains is one of the best ways to support our immune systems. And, because we can all use some inspiration and new ideas for simple and healthy meals that we can make together…while still being apart.

The #RainbowTacoChallenge kicked off on Taco Tuesday, April 14, with a takeover by some of your favorite chefs, artists, and athletes.  Everyone has been sharing their “go-to” Taco recipes based on what they have on hand in their kitchen. Proceeds go towards helping schools distribute nutritious meals to low-income—and suddenly no-income—families and students who increasingly depend on these meals via school pickup or delivery.

Please join in the fun on Instagram: instagram.com/eatrealcertified.

We’d love to have you participate and challenge your friends to get involved. It’s as easy as posting a quick Instagram video or story with the hashtag #RainbowTacoChallenge and tagging @eatrealcertified.

Learn more about the story behind the #RainbowTacoChallenge and how your support can help us reach another 1,000 schools ASAP here.

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The pandemic highlighted the importance of school meal programs in every community in the U.S., yet schools still aren’t receiving adequate support. Reliable access to real food has been shown to decrease stress and worry in children and young adults, as well as increase classroom participation, test scores, and grades. Healthful food is a right, not a privilege, and we have the ability to ensure it’s a reality for all children.

Follow the link in our bio to learn more about the importance of school meals.

#EatREAL #SchoolFoodForAll #FeedingEquity

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All U.S. public schools are serving universal meals at no cost to families for the 2021-22 school year, thanks to pandemic relief waivers from USDA. California and Maine have become the first states to create permanent budget allocations that continue the practices indefinitely, and legislation has been introduced in Congress to make universal free school meals the norm nationwide. By helping schools serve scratch-cooked dishes made from real, whole food ingredients, we can work to ensure every child eats at least two nutritious meals a day.

#EatREAL #ChildrensHealth

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