Low-income families often eat food that’s high in salt, fat and sugar because it is more affordable. But there is a high price to pay. Consuming too much of these food items can cause obesity and illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. Connecticut Food Bank offers a Food Literacy Program aimed at educating children and families about the benefits of healthy eating.
Registered Dietician Helana Hoover-Litty, a professor at the University of New Haven, is assisting with the implementation of our Food Literacy Program, which will offer nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations, easy recipes using items available on the Mobile Pantry, smart shopping tips and the creation of interactive materials on healthy eating for children who participate in the Kids’ BackPack Program.
It’s our hope that more than 22,000 individuals reached through Food Literacy will eat more whole grains, fresh produce, lean protein and low-fat dairy items and by adopting healthy eating habits, participants will experience better health and a more productive lifestyle.
The comprehensive Food Literacy program is being made possible through a Newman’s Own Foundation and Share Our Strength grant as part of the organization’s nutrition focused funding initiative.
Farm to Pantry
Connecticut Food Bank increased the distribution of fresh produce from 3.9 million pounds to 4.9 million pounds from 2012 to 2013. We hope to increase our partnerships with local farms which either donate to Connecticut Food Bank, or directly to a local food-assistance program. Learn more about our Farm to Pantry Program by clicking here.
Healthy recipes are handed out at monthly Mobile Pantry distributions, using common spices and produce items that are given out that day! You can see a sample of these recipes by visiting our Healthy Recipe page.