Lessons from our Mothers: Together, We Can Make a Difference
By Shazi Visram
President and CEO, Happy Family
It was almost exactly 11 years ago today when I had my ‘aha’ moment about the foods we feed our children. After listening to a friend’s anguish about the difficulty of finding the best possible baby food for her twins, I realized something must be done.
My friend was a working mom committed to feeding her baby nutritious foods made with natural, organic ingredients. However, like many of us, she didn’t always have the time to make her own baby food and wasn’t even sure of where to start. Through her ongoing search, she realized that there was a need for truly healthy and delicious food options for babies in readily available formats.
My friend’s story inspired me to want to make a difference for families and moms just like her. From there, Happy Family was born. At Happy Family, we are devoted to creating a positive influence on the health of children and families everywhere. We give back to those who are in need and we support parents who are trying to make the best food and nutrition decisions for their families.
It is fitting that today – Mother’s Day – is also Happy Family’s birthday. We ‘opened our doors’ eight years ago with the same principles and beliefs that we hold true today. It reminds me how moms will do anything for their children and how much we appreciate a mom’s commitment to her family. This extends beyond just moms, but to all parents, to the young and old, and from every part of our country; we all care about the foods we put into our bodies.
For those of you who are looking to get more involved in the issue of access to healthy foods, I recommend visiting Food Policy Action’s food policy scorecard. I strongly support the organization and what they stand for as they are committed to the idea that food matters. They are working to ensure that our elected officials understand and vote with these shared values. Your voice matters, too.
For the first time, Food Policy Action provides a way to measure how Washington is doing on food policy. Through education, advocacy and the publication of the National Food Policy Scorecard, Food Policy Action holds members of Congress accountable for what they are doing to the food system. One of the most important things that will affect the future of our children is the quality and safety of the food they eat.
As a mom, friend and advocate, I believe it is more important than ever before that we come together on these issues. We need to offer families and moms quality food options, and we need groups like Food Policy Action and Congress to support us.
As we count our blessings, give thanks to our moms today and share a meal together, let’s think about what we can do to ensure that everyone can eat and live healthier. Together, we can make a difference.
Shazi Visram is President and CEO of Happy Family Brands. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and son Zane.