Merck and Sesame Workshop

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The Merck Company Foundation is proud to partner with Sesame Workshop to develop Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget, a bilingual education outreach program aimed at helping low-income families make food choices that are affordable, nutritional and set the foundation for lifelong healthy habits.

The initiative will offer support and creative resources for families with children between the ages of 2 and 8 to cope with food insecurity, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as “households where there is a lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources.” There is growing concern that food insecurity could contribute to childhood obesity rates, which over the past three decades have tripled to nearly one in three children in America being overweight or obese.