By: Nancy A. Leville
Global Children's Wellness, Inc.
This journey to end child malnutrition began when I wrote my junior term paper on "food deserts," a place where BRITE nourishing foods are difficult to find.
It was then that I discovered it's not just kids living in low-income urban areas who are starving for the nourishing foods they need to live healthy and do their best in school, but 6 out of 7 kids in America- regardless of race or income.
I also learned that our paucity of nutrients has led to an epidemic of childhood chronic illnesses including ADHD, allergies and asthma. With kids as young as eight developing adult conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol and even type 2 diabetes.
So I developed the GoBrite Nutrition Program as a way to remind parents of the five colors of nourishing foods all kids need: GREEN, ORANGE, BLUE, RED AND WHITE.
With all of the research I had compiled, I wrote a book for parents; GoBrite for Life. Then, along with my sister Claire we wrote the I'm a BRITE Kid Activity Book for kids. At that point our friend Josef Nardi helped us design and build our websites and series of videos.
NYC Public Schools Join the Movement
On September 8, 2014, as I was just beginning my senior year of high school, I was invited by the One World Literacy Foundation and the Magic Johnson Foundation to present my GoBrite Nutrition Program to the NYC Public School System at PS 45 in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn.
Even though I hadn't yet created a company, or established a non-profit, I was invited to become a vendor to the NYC Public School System so they could utilize the GoBrite Nutrition Solution in their elementary school.
Global Children's Wellness, Inc. was approved as a 501c3 on July 29, 2017 (47-452266)
Just this past January (2020), I reached out to my contacts at the NYC Public Schools, and I was immediately re-invited to put my program in "all schools."
Left to right: Mr. Jose Nino: Executive Director of The One World Literacy Foundation, Me, Ms. Tracey Lott Davis: Principal of PS 45, and Ms. Jeanella Blair: Director of Community Empowerment Centers for the Magic Johnson Foundation. Mr. Nino has since invited me to serve on his Board of Advisors.
Bridgeport Diocese Join the Movement
In July 2018, after a two-hour meeting with Bishop Caggiano, he approved our Save God's Kids program and the GoBrite solutions to be incorporated into all schools in the Bridgeport Diocese.
In 2017 and 2018, during school breaks, we raised over $40,000 and conducted three BriteBox Food Packing Events delivering over 50,000 healthy meals to families in Stamford, Bridgeport and Norwalk.