November 25, 2020 3 min read
On November 16th, 2020, My Healthy Penguin —a local meal prep company that delivers fresh, healthy, ready-to-eat meals —partnered withOC United Way, NFL Los Angeles Chargers Cornerback, Casey Hayward and hisHayward’s Hands Foundation.The mission was simple: give back and provide delicious, healthy Thanksgiving meals to families in need.
The event was a rousing success with over 325 individual ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals donated to 65 low-income families for the Holiday season —leading to smiles across the board and festive, feel-good energy. Due toMy Healthy Penguin’s commitment to the power of community through sustainable eating, ethical food practices and giving back, the event was a bright spot during a tense year for many people.
CEO and founder Christine Lopez, along with her team, came together after hours to prepare, package, and deliver the meals with a smile on their face and proud to support their local community. Christine Lopez expands on the vision for the event:
“2020 has been such a tough year for everyone. When the OC United Way reached out to us, we were ecstatic to be a part of an event with amazing partners like Casey’s foundation and the Magnolia School district. Seeing the smiles on these families' faces warmed my heart!”
With an upbeat attitude and the feel-good-energy that comes with giving back during tough times, the team brought the food in a refrigerated van, pictured below and gave each family five Thanksgiving meals and a delicious pumpkin pie —all created with natural, local and sustainable ingredients. Talk about a win, win.
Due to COVID-19’s precautions, the event was held drive-thru style and creatively organized. All volunteers were temperature checked, social distance and asked to wear gloves and masks throughout the day’s festivities. The drive-thru event was seamlessly broken down into three sections:
While there is no doubt the year has been difficult for many individuals, families and local companies, this successful event was a reminder of the human spirit which thrives off generosity, compassion and giving. A reminder that we can all do our part, in small ways, to help our neighbors even during times when we must remain socially distanced.
My Healthy Penguin, based out of Rancho Cucamonga, was born in 2015 after CEO and founder Christine Lopez was diagnosed prediabetic and knew she had to make a change —which came in the way of creating healthy, delicious meals —portion controlled and altered recipes. As others asked her to make them meals, the vision was officially born.
Five years later, the company continues its mission to provide a healthy, sustainable solution to meal prepping and weight loss in the Inland Empire and Southern California while being a key pillar of the community. Learn more about My Healthy Penguin here.
June 08, 2020 4 min read
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