Nutrition is the foundation of a healthy mind and body, and the food we prepare and eat with each other, strengthens the threads that knit our families and communities together.
Poor nutrition decreases the ability of children to benefit from their education by inhibiting their working memory and concentration as well as their ability to set goals and correctly evaluate and prioritize options.
At Campaign for Better Nutrition, we focus on projects that improve nutrition for low-income children because we believe healthy food is the most common, critical factor in creating healthy childhoods, productive adulthoods, and thriving communities.
Our mission is to improve the nutrition low-income children receive through public programs and at home, so they can learn more, be healthier and better achieve their goals.
We accomplish this by educating legislators, parents and the general public on the improvements needed in the availability and dissemination of nutritious food to families with low incomes, particularly through public food programs like school lunch and CalFresh (SNAP/Food Stamps).
We also are working to raise awareness of how social justice issues—the discrimination and bias against low- income people inherent in food production, processing and distribution--increase food insecurity in vulnerable communities. We research these problems and potential solutions and bring them to the public, media and decision makers.
After 15 years working to improve child nutrition policy at the federal, state and local level, our executive director, Colleen Kavanagh, founded Campaign for Better Nutrition in 2005. Her goal was to make sure that in an environment where food advocacy has increasingly focused on promoting consumer knowledge of and preference for local and organic food, the needs of low- income children and families not be forgotten.
CBN seeks out lower profile, high-impact issues that interfere with the ability of low-income families to eat more fresh produce and fewer processed foods. We collaborate with community partners, other nonprofits and government agencies to maximize the impact of our work. You will see examples of these in our Projects page.
Our Charitable Status
Campaign for Better Nutrition operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Community Initiatives, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit charitable umbrella organization created by The San Francisco Foundation.
The IRS encourages smaller charitable organizations to operate under a fiscal sponsor instead of operating as a stand-alone 501(c)(3).
Operating under the umbrella of Community Initiatives (CI) allows us focus on our mission, while CI administers our financial reports for the IRS, payroll services for our consultants, and accounting for our revenues and expenses. As CBN grows, we may become an independent nonprofit but for now, our partnership with CI is ideal.
All donations to CBN are tax deductible.
Our Connection to ZEGO Energy Bars
CBN is excited that our executive director has started ZEGO, an allergy-free energy bar company. CBN’s work is highlighted ZEGO’s website. We will have more to tell you about CBN’s relationship with ZEGO after the close of ZEGO's launch on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Come back and read more about it in September of 2013!