Connecticut Food Bank is recognizing National Nutrition Month this March in honor of the more than 520,000 people in Connecticut that lack access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life. This year’s campaign theme is Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.
Food insecurity in itself has serious health consequences for children as well as adults. Children from families that struggle with food insecurity are more likely to experience poor physical health and hospitalization, developmental delays, and often struggle in school. Many of the risks of hunger are the same as those of becoming obese including limited resources; lack of access to healthful, affordable foods; cycles of deprivation and overeating; and high levels of stress. While the public health crises of obesity and diet-related diseases affect all segments of the population, they disproportionately impact the communities we serve.
By providing more healthful food, including an average of 5 million pounds of fresh produce annually, Connecticut Food Bank plays a unique role in the fight against hunger and the promotion of good health in communities in need. Our mobile pantry visits more than 25 sites each month, providing nearly 5,000 households with fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole-grain goods. And our new GROW Up with Good Nutrition initiative, made possible by Our Family Foundation by Stop & Shop, gives healthy food and offers nutrition education to families with children enrolled in daycare, preschool and Head Start Programs.
We could not perform this critical work and increase access to healthful food without the support of our community. Your food and fund donations are leading our efforts to creating a healthier community.