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Save the Bees

I feel like a worker bee most days. I do not sleep enough and I run around trying to do as much as I can. The worker bees put in so much effort with very little sleep, just like me. When I was asked to be a Bee Ambassador, I knew it was a perfect position for me.

The Whole Kids Foundation is a nonprofit that was founded by Whole Foods Market. I am drawn to the work that the Whole Kids Foundation does because of their dedication to healthy food for kids. As a healthy school lunch provider and a lifelong natural foods lover, I enjoy supporting the initiatives from the Whole Kids Foundation. The Whole Kids Foundation not only improves kids’ nutrition, they also improve children’s wellness through gardens, salad bars in school, and nutrition education.
For the month of June, their focus is on how we can Save the Bees. Why June? June is National Pollinator month, and this is a perfect time to work together to save the bees.
Whole Kids Foundation Give bees a chance campaign
One-third of all the food you eat is dependent on pollination by bees. One out of every three bites of food you eat is from foods that bees pollinate. Without the bees, we would not be able to eat many of our favorite foods. Without bees, our foods will not be pollinated.
The goal of the Save the Bees campaign is to raise over $100,000 in June, so that 50 schools across the US can receive educational honey bee hive grants. As a Bee Ambassador, I have seen the impact that bees have on all the foods we eat. Please visit my fundraising page and make a donation, no donation is too small.
What are some foods that bees help pollinate?
  • apples
  • cucumbers
  • watermelon
  • mango
  • kiwi
  • stone fruits
  • berries
  • onions
  • cashews
  • cherries
  • coffee
  • walnuts
  • lemons
  • carrots
  • coconuts
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • grapes
  • and SO much more!

The Give Bees a Chance campaign is made possible by two wonderful sponsors: Cascadian Farms and Wholesum Harvest. Both of these brands grow organic produce and rely on bees to pollinate their crops.

5 fun facts about bees:

  1. Keep your dandelions! Common yard weeds, including dandelions, are great for bees to feast on. Do not pull out the dandelions, leave some for the bees to enjoy.
  2. Worker bees like to dance! Worker bees dance in order to communicate where the sweet spots are to pollinate and the angle of their dance points right towards the food source.
  3. Use ladybugs, praying mantis or spiders in your garden. These insects will protect your garden better than dangerous pesticides will, and they will not harm the bees at all.
  4. Leave a water bowl for bees to drink! Bees need water on very hot days. Put a shallow bowl of water with some pebbles in it for bees to drink and perch on to rest.
  5. Honey is the ultimate workout fuel. A teaspoon of honey can power a worker bee to fly one time all the way around the world!
What can you do to help?
  • Please visit my fundraising page and make a donation to help save the bees. No donation is too small.
  • Plant flowers and create habitats for the bees in your neighborhood. Use plants native to your area. Plant in clusters so that the bees are more likely to find the areas to pollinate.
  • Buy local honey, so you can support your local beekeepers.
  • Sign up to attend one of the exclusive dinners around the US this week. Each course will feature foods pollinated by bees. Here is the link for the upcoming DC dinner on Tuesday, June 5th at Mi Vida Restaurant. The Austin event is tonight, and Chicago is June 12th and SOLD OUT. New Orleans is June 15th and has a few spaces left as does the Seattle dinner on June 21st.
  • Enter below to win 2 tickets to the Washington DC dinner at Mi Vida with Chef Roberto Santibanez and Susanna Trilling.
  • Enter below to win a prize pack from the Whole Kids Foundation with a Save the Bees t-shirt, tote bag, and other goodies to help us save the bees.

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