Travellers visiting Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California this summer can give back to the local community thanks to a new partnership with Manna, the Conejo Valley Food Bank. Participating guests can make a USD 25.00 donation during their stay at the Hotel, which will provide a one-week supply of mixed seasonal fruits and vegetables for a family of four served by Manna.
Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE, and director of nutrition at the on-site California Health & Longevity Institute, recommended fruist and vegetables as a much-needed source of nutrition that can help prevent chronic disease in an already high-risk group. “The latest scientific evidence recommends we eat seven to ten servings of fruits and vegetables daily,” says Lambert. “However, studies show that Americans, including those living at or near the poverty level, only receive two servings daily.”
The initiative supports the Hotel’s commitment to using locally grown produce from some of the sustainable farms in the community and surrounding area. In addition to aiding Manna, the donations of the produce will help to support the farming economy for local growers such as McGrath Family Farm and Scarborough Farms.
In addition to Hotel guests, all patrons of The Spa at Four Seasons, Hotel restaurants, California Health & Longevity Institute and local residents are welcome to participate by making a donation at the front desk. Hotel staff members will facilitate delivery of the fruit to Manna.
Established in 1971 by concerned citizens, Manna serves the communities of the Conejo Valley. Food is provided on a short-term basis to families and individuals who have difficulty obtaining enough food and are unable to receive immediate help from other resources. Manna’s services are provided solely through donations from the community.