CHICAGO, March 23, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, Feeding America has the Nutrition in the Food Banking Toolkit, a resource aimed at helping food banks and pantry programs address food insecurity and the intersecting challenges of structural inequalities. Feeding America, the country’s largest famine relief organization, makes the toolkit available to a network of 200 member food banks and 60,000 partner pantries and dining programs. It is also available for download at HungerandHealth.org.
“We know food insecurity and food insecurity are complex issues that don’t exist in isolation,” he said Ami McReynolds, Chief Equity and Program Officer at Feeding America. “If we accelerate our efforts to connect with communities affected by unequal access to nutritious food, this toolkit will help the nonprofit food system better serve the millions of people suffering from hunger in this country honoring individual food cultures by taking a more holistic and local approach to meeting nutritional needs. “
The Nutrition in Food Banking Toolkit was developed by Feeding America’s Nutritious Food Revisioning Task Force, composed of more than a dozen food banks and staff from national organizations, and includes input and expertise from partner organizations. Toolkit partners include Healthy Eating Research (HER); the CDC’s Food and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network; UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity; University of California Institute for Nutritional Policy; MAZON: A Jewish Answer to Hunger; Partnership for a Healthier America; and Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics. The task force’s 16-month goal was to help the nonprofit food sector continue to improve systems and programmatic efforts to understand and meet the nutritional and cultural needs of starving neighbors.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of ensuring that all people, adults and children, have access to nutritious foods and beverages that support their overall health and wellbeing,” he said Mary story, PhD RD, Program Director for Healthy Nutrition Research and Professor at the Duke University. “Unfortunately, a lot of families are in The United States They have difficulty accessing healthy foods or they do not have enough to eat and rely on the nonprofit food system to meet their nutritional needs. This toolkit is an important step forward in helping food banks and food pantries implement strategies to improve their selection and promotion of healthy food and beverages, including items known and in the cultures of the people they serve are popular. “
This first edition of the Nutrition in Food Banking Toolkit has three main sections, each dealing with a different aspect of the nonprofit food system. HEALTH RESEARCH GUIDELINES FOR YOUR DIET FOR THE CHARITABLE FOOD SYSTEM provides recommendations for improving food quality in food banks and food pantries to improve access to healthier food for households with unsafe food. APPLICATION OF AN INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE LENS provides insights and recommendations for the development of nutritional cultural competence on an organizational, partnership and individual level. ROLE OF FOOD BANK NUTRITIONAL POLICIES: A Guide to Action provides food banks with strategies for achieving dietary guidelines that result in more nutritious food supplies.
Along with the release of the toolkit, Feeding America will present an award $ 1.2 million in grants to three dozen food banks from network members to support implementation of the toolkit at the local level. The grants are made possible through funding from multiple donors, including Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which is part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield in plans Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas. The implementation guide, tested and used by the fellows, will be published as part of the second edition of the toolkit later this year.
To learn more about the intersection of hunger and health and how Feeding America works, visit HungerandHealth.org. For the toolkit and each section, which is available as a stand-alone resource, see https://hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org/2021/03/feeding-america-releases-new-nutrition-food-banking-toolkit.
About feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest famine relief organization in The United States. We provide meals to more than 40 million people each year through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 pantries and dining programs. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve. informs the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates laws that protect people from hunger. visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us further Twitter.
SOURCE Feeding America