Today in our food shelf, the produce table is overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables that are available for our clients to take home. Peppers, melons, potatoes, carrots and berries are some of the choices. In the freezer case we have meat including chicken and vegetables. The refrigerator has 1% milk. Down the non-perishable aisle you will find beans, canned vegetables, whole wheat pasta and a selection of cereals including whole grain choices.
Second Harvest Food Bank strives to provide our clients with access to foods that help promote a healthy diet, such as fruits and vegetables, protein, whole grains and low fat dairy. During National Nutrition Month, Second Harvest, a member of the Feeding America network, recognizes the 1 in 6 Americans who lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life. Second Harvest is a reliable source of healthful foods, delivering thousands of pounds of nutritious choices every week to our clients facing hunger.
Food insecurity has serious health consequences for children and adults. Children from families that struggle with food insecurity are more likely to have poor physical health and struggle in school. Being food insecure can lead to obesity because of limited resources, lack of access to healthy, affordable food, high levels of stress and cycles of deprivation and overeating.
By providing more healthful food, Second Harvest plays a unique and important role in the fight against hunger and the promotion of good health in the communities we serve. We are proud to be part of the solution to end hunger.
Sue Estee, Executive Director