In partnership with the East Side Boxing Club, the Punch ‘n’ Munch program works to combat food insecurity and teach nutrition education to East Van youth aged 13-19 attending the East Side Boxing Club’s after-school boxing training program.
The Punch ‘n’ Munch Program includes:
- Fresh snacks on program days
- Healthy food pantry staples
- Nutrition education
Good Food for All delivers nutritionally complete pre- and post-workout snacks directly to the boxing gym 3 times a week. A complete snack includes fresh fruit and vegetables, a protein, a carb, and a snack to take home. For many youth in the after school boxing program, the snacks they receive are the first ‘meal’ they eat all day.
Punch ‘n’ Munch fresh snacks are vegetarian. Good Food for All makes a concerted effort to serve whole organic foods that are low in added sugar and sodium. We also support local farmers and businesses.
The Punch ‘n’ Munch Food Pantry was established at the boxing club to bridge the food gap between program days. Youth can discretely access the food pantry on an as-needed basis. Today, the food pantry is stocked with semi- and non-perishable breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Staples include oatmeal, granola, tuna, rice, trail mix, peanut butter, apples, oranges, pears, and mac and cheese. Our food pantry staples only include items we ourselves would eat and serve our children: Cuppa Noodles have no place here!
To further empower youth to make healthy food choices, the Punch ‘n’ Munch program includes a nutrition education component. With the help of nutritionists, Good Food for All creates age-appropriate education materials on a range of topics, including what to eat before and after workouts, what proteins and carbs are, why fats and fruit are important to any diet, and why water is important to body function. We also invite nutritionists to provide nutrition education sessions on a range of topics, and encourage youth to ask questions about healthy eating and nutrition.
The Positive Effects of Good Food
The Punch ‘n’ Munch Snack Program positively impacts youth in the program in a variety of ways. Some outcomes include:
- At-risk youth have greater access to healthy food
- Youth are making healthier food choices
- Food increases attendance at the after school boxing program