When it first expanded its reach in 2015, Nutrition Works funded meals and snacks for more than 8,000 Idaho kids to the tune of over 1.4 million plates of food. Since then, it has continued to allocate United States Department of Agriculture funds to help keep Idaho's kids (most of them 12 and under) healthy and fed.
"[The funds raised at Whole Foods] will go more specifically toward training for childcare providers who are serving the nutritious meals." said Anji Armagost, Nutrition Works' program director. "We do training on quick and nutritious snacks, nutrition policy training, and in the past we've partnered with Cooking Matters to do training classes."
The money generated by shoppers at Whole Foods on Thursday will stay in Idaho, where Nutrition Works operates in health regions 3-7, or as Armagost put it, "as far east as Driggs and Tetonia, as far south as Bear Lake, and we go all the way to the Oregon border and then up into Adams County."