WE ARE A 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT THAT RELENTLESSLY PURSUES OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL YOUTH TO DEVELOP HEALTHY BODIES AND MINDS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE AT-RISK POPULATION.
Food insecurity is a huge detriment to childhood development. Studies have shown that participation in Child Nutrition Programs drops significantly during the summer, limiting children’s access to healthy meals.
The lack of food security over the summer and during weekends can have a staggering effect on the development of children.
Children in food insecure homes have higher rates of behavioral problems, psychosocial development delays, as well as higher anxiety and depression. They also suffer academically. Showing smaller gains in math and reading.
Unfortunately, child food insecurity is also associated with a much greater risk of being overweight.
Part of The Happy Tooth Foundation’s mission is to incorporate a healthy, active lifestyle with food security. We seek to provide opportunities for children to learn the fun and joy that comes with an active lifestyle in hopes that it inspires a lifelong commitment to athletics of all types.
Our goal is to help as many children as possible obtain food security to have a better chance at succeeding in life.
Help Us Fight Food Insecurity in the US!
It is The Happy Tooth Foundation’s mission to fight food insecurity in the US and stop the cycle.
We encourage others to take action and “pay it forward,” helping to address issues of food insecurity in the very neighborhoods that challenged them. We also promote healthy lifestyles and work to expand access to affordable dental care.
How do we do this?
The Happy Tooth Foundation has developed a national network of volunteers “on the ground,” all working to fight food insecurity in their communities. Some simply volunteer their time and energy to fundraising events. Some raise public awareness of food insecurity issues. Most work with at-risk communities – many times their own childhood communities! – to work towards sustainable community solutions to the problem of food insecurity in the U.S.
Dr. Larry and Dr. Jin Yi have always believed in creating opportunities for youth to succeed and reach their full potential. They realized that an important part of this process was providing food security and healthy lifestyle choices particularly to those in need. They believed that creating a local organization that could also have an impact nationally would be the best use of their time and resources.
This came to fruition in the form of The Happy Tooth Foundation, which addresses food insecurity nationally with a network of volunteers and locally with the “Yes I Can” Summer Camp. Their hope is that the Foundation will continue to expand so that it may positively affect as many youth as possible.
The Foundation has developed the “Yes I Can” Summer Camp held for youth facing food insecurity. Specifically, we combine a strong foundation of physical fitness with the security of food stability during a time period where children who rely on subsidized lunches throughout the school year would be without.
We enable at risk youth the access to healthy nutrition while providing of a healthy active lifestyle. The campers participate daily in cycling, running and swimming to inspire a passion for athletics and encourage camaraderie and interpersonal skills that come with team sports. The goal of the camp is to create and inspire the building blocks for lifelong success.