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Everyone deserves access to nutritious food.
Eating fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to protect our bodies from disease and aging, but it can be tough for many people including those living in food deserts.
One of our priorities is to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to communities that need them the most. In the last year, we distributed over 29 million pounds of perishable product, through programs such as Food as Medicine. We also provide recipes for delicious meals using produce items and other foods we frequently distribute. A couple of examples include these tasty dishes that use sweet potatoes, beans, and cabbage.
Everyday, we prepare around 6,500 meals for low-income children and seniors, with nutrient-rich foods from all MyPlate groups. We’ve worked hard to make these meals nutrient-rich, and eliminated many sources of unhealthy ingredients. We lowered sodium in our gravies and sauces, switched to whole wheat pastas, and ditched deep fryers. We feel these changes have a great impact on the health of those who eat these meals.
Our dedication to distributing fresh produce has persisted throughout the coronavirus pandemic, when we started purchasing produce boxes for our partners to distribute in their communities. These enabled drive-thru distributions, which minimized contact and the risk of spreading illness, while ensuring that everyone has access to fruits and vegetables.
Our registered dietitian and Nutrition Specialist works with our team of nutrition educators to offer free nutrition outreach customized to each partner’s needs (in-person and online):
Partner agencies and programs can also access nutrition handouts and recipes on our online portal.
Serves: 6 Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 30 min.
Serves: 16 Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 2 min. SATISFYING: Full of fiber, healthy fats, complex carbs and protein, this easy hot cereal will keep...
Serves: 4 Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 10 min.
Serves: 4 Prep Time: 1 min. Cook Time: 15 min.
Makes 20 Cookies Prep Time: 10 min. Chill Time: 30 min. Sweet and satisfying: These quick, easy and delicious cookie dough balls go great with milk...
Serves: 7 Cook Time: 45 min.
Serves: 4-6 Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 45 min.
Serves: 12 Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 15 min. Adapted from HealthierSteps.com
Serves: 4 Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 250 Fat: 13 g Protein: 25 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Fiber: 2 g
Serves: 4 Prep Time: 2 hours Active Time: 15 min. Source: The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty Collard greens – Arguably a superfood, these dark leafy...