Feeding America: Healthy & Nutritious Foods Help Those Struggling Succeed

November 4, 2015

At Feeding America San Diego, health and nutrition are central to our mission and programs. To reduce the risk of chronic illnesses associated with hunger, we focus on distributing healthy and fresh foods along with appropriate nutrition education.

According to Hunger in America 2014, a study conducted of hunger-relief programs operated by Feeding America members:

  • 32 percent of households we serve have a member with diabetes
  • 53 percent of clients have to choose between paying for food and medicine or medical care
  • 39 percent of clients choose between paying for food and housing
  • 67 percent of clients purchase inexpensive, unhealthy food to stretch their budget

In addition to this data, studies have shown the impact of nutrition on a child’s learning and development. Food insecurity is the USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. In San Diego, 1 in 5 children are food insecure, increasing their chance of experiencing frequent stomach and headaches, putting them at higher risk for chronic health conditions and increasing the likelihood that they will miss school and fail a grade.

The effects of hunger have a very tangible impact on families today and a lasting impact on our children for years to come. Feeding America San Diego is working every day to end hunger by distributing nutritious food, empowering those we serve to make healthy choices and speaking up on behalf of those facing hunger.

This holiday season, we invite you to join us. Through our highly organized distribution model, every dollar donated provides four meals for an individual in need. Visit feedingamericasd.org/donate to make an impact today.

Another great way to get involved is to attend our Volunteer Open House on the morning of November 21, 2015. We’ll be offering tours of our distribution center and the chance to try your hand at a variety of volunteer projects. Register online at feedingamericasd.org/volunteer.

Together, we can create a hunger-free and healthy San Diego.

 

Al Brislain

CEO, Feeding America San Diego

www.feedingamericasd.org