People who are food insecure often eat food 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.
More than 35% of food distributed last year by the Connecticut Food Bank was fresh produce. We hope to increase our partnerships with local farms which either donate to the Connecticut Food Bank or directly to a local food-assistance program. Learn more about our Farm to Pantry Program.
Healthy recipes using common spices and produce items that are given out that day are distributed at Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry sites. View and download a selection of these recipes at our Healthy Recipe page.