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A pear for the day at Neighborhood House

A neighborhood kitchen pear. From San Diegans who care about nutrition.
A neighborhood kitchen pear. From San Diegans who care about nutrition.
Adam Benjamin

Helping preschoolers make their daily meals add up to nutrition goals keeps the Neighborhood House central kitchen at work preparing food. During August, the pear on the non-profit's menu gives children a colorful fruit in season to chew on.

Workers at the central kitchen at 1929 Hancock Street, among the 700 people on the Neighborhood House of San Diego team, keep in their hands the fruits and vegetables, and other whole natural food that is nutritious, that add to the nutrients and vitamins children need to balance their diet. Packing pears stays steady work. The pear is the Harvest of the Month. Three times this month, children can learn to like eating the fleshy food, stem to calyx, when it is soft near its stem, and ripe for eating.

Tuesday began with the daily breakfast. A bran muffin. Apple. And, milk. After a balanced lunch, the afternoon snack helps keep up the healthy eating habits. Cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips and fruit pico de gallo.

Pears add to daily nutrition counts on Wednesday. During lunch. A pear goes with the chicken gumbo served with brown rice and Cajun black eyed peas. And, milk. Ethnic diversity ont he menu counts as much for a San Diegan learning to make the most out of food during a self-sufficient life as the 2 grams of fiber in a pear's complex carbohydrate and the 5 percent recommended daily value of vitamin C, in just half a small pear, or half a cup.

Monday through Friday, the Neighborhood House preapres breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Delivering food with the larget dose of nutrients in every bite, from "our house to yours."

Families add dinner to the meals their children eat that follow the nutrition pattern guidelines for the USDA's child food program. Productive lives come easier for the children raised to learn healthy eating. A traditional core part of the Neighborhood House's wellness program.

Mexican immigrants have been following the Neighborhood House's lead since Helen and Mary Marston founded it in 1914. The non-profit that helps those in need transition to a settled self-sufficient life in San Diego got the Head Start program's first grant in San Diego, during the 1970s. One hundred years later, San Diego's ethnically diverse neighborhoods come to the "neighbor you can count on" to get quality food on the table.

Centennial celebrations last through the end of 2014. San Diegans will get together at a community block party in September.

Work serving underserved communities quality food to raise wellness in the communities was worth celebrating during the centennial celebration that started in January in Balboa Park, at the Marston House. During March, local food producers and growers joined celebrity chefs and food connoisseurs at a tasting event to celebrate the wellness that comes from generosity.

The pear is just a small token of the work on giving children a better world. A green one. One, that with the red and yellow fruits, add up to plenty in childrens lives.

San Diegans planning on eating more flavor in a nutritious diet than the half pear filled with peanut butter, or lowfat yogurt, and sprinkled with granola and cinnamon, the Neighborhood House recommends can try adding up the good nutrition in their canned peach and pear cobbler made tasty by raisins.

The line continues next week. . . .

This is the latest local civic story for Citizen Agenda Action Line on Tuesday. To read earlier articles, read
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