ELOY — Last week Chicanos Por La Causa-Early Childhood Development held its “Farm to School” event at the GWC Center in Eloy.

The initiative is to reduce childhood obesity in children up to 5 years old.

“We know that by encouraging good nutrition by focusing on consumption and where fruits and vegetables come from, we can help reduce the risk of childhood obesity,” Marcela Zepeda with CPLC said.

Locally grown fruits, vegetables and other foods were donated to group and given away to attendees at the event.

“The Farm to School program helps connect low income families with fresh locally grown products,” Zepeda said.

According to Zepeda there are two schools in Eloy which help maintain gardens where vegetables are grown and help teach children and their families about healthy foods.

During the event children could paint, play games and have their faces painted while their guardians learned about different ways to get fresh fruit and vegetables.

CPLC was founded in 1969 and features various bilingual services from health and human services to housing, economic development and education.

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