While most of us know the importance of eating healthfully, less than half of low-income American families actually prepare nutritious meals most days of the week.* We can point to plenty of reasons why eating healthy is a challenge: fresh fruits and vegetables can be more expensive, healthy foods are often harder to find than less healthy alternatives, and busy schedules make it difficult to actually prepare a meal from scratch. These barriers are creating a gap between our vision of healthy communities and our reality – they're creating a Real Food Deficit.

The Kashi REAL Project™ is committed to helping solve the Real Food Deficit, and as a part of their ongoing efforts, have partnered with the non-profit Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters® Colorado. Cooking Matters Colorado is tackling the Real Food Deficit by equipping families with the tools to make healthy meals at home, practice responsible food shopping, shift budgeting behaviors, and teaching children and families healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. For every poll answer, $1 is donated to help Cooking Matters Colorado** expand their cooking skills courses to more families and help build stronger, healthier communities.

Want to help Cooking Matters Colorado earn their $35,000 goal? Make sure to share the poll with others in your community. It's a simple action you can do to help reduce the Real Food Deficit. 

You can also learn more about Kashi's work with Cooking Matters Colorado and other non-profit partners to help tackle the Real Food Deficit and make real food a reality.

*Reference: "It's Dinnertime: A Report on Low-Income Families' Efforts to Plan, Shop for and Cook Healthy Meals."January 2012, Page 28. Conducted by Share Our Stength's Cooking Matters®: www.nokidhungry.org/cmstudy/

**For every poll response on www.causes.com/healthyeating, Kashi will donate $1 dollar, up to a maximum of $35,000, to Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters® Colorado. The donation status will be updated instantaneously. Limit one poll response per Causes.com user. There is a strict limit of one entry per person. If it becomes apparent that a participant is using a computer(s) to circumvent this rule or any other automated or programmed means, any donation will be void. The program will begin at 12:00am ET 1/29/13 and ends at 11:59 pm ET 3/31/13 or until the maximum donation is reached. Cooking Matters Colorado will receive a minimum donation of $10,000. Must be a registered Facebook user to participate. This program is published by Causes.com, which is solely responsible for its content. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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