Access to Nutritious Foods
Families trying to stretch a grocery budget often remove fresh, nutritious items replacing it with calorie-dense and nutritionally-deficient foods. Second Harvest Food Bank helps increase access to fresh produce, lean meats and dairy to provide well-rounded meals for neighbors facing hunger, like Sam.
At nine years old, Sam had the weight of the world on his shoulders. In the last year, he had lost his dad and his home. He was borderline diabetic, struggled in school and didn’t sleep well. His family of six was living in a cramped motel room with all of their possessions in banana boxes. On a rainy afternoon, he and his mom walked into one of Second Harvest’s feeding partners at their wits end.
Sam’s eyes lit up when he saw the shelves. He grabbed bananas – his favorite – and then oranges and avocados. “Mom, can we eat this for dinner? I don’t want any more fast food.”
After that, Sam and his family became familiar faces at the food pantry, where they received pantry staples, fresh produce and meats. When his birthday came around, Sam’s one request was a little out of the ordinary. He wanted a grill. “But not a fancy one,” he said. “I don’t want it to get stolen.”
Through the generosity of strangers, Sam got his wish. He learned how to safely light the grill and enjoyed preparing food for his family. His favorite thing to grill was fruits and vegetables. He tried them all.
Thanks to regular access to nutritious foods, Sam and his family could focus on thriving.
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Families trying to stretch a limited budget often remove fresh, healthy items from their shopping carts replacing it with calorie-dense and nutritionally-deficient food. This approach might keep the pantry stocked, but it can lead to chronic, diet-related diseases.
Second Harvest helps increase access to nutritious foods to provide well-rounded meals. 60% of foods distributed through our feeding partners support wellness at pantries, which increases nourishing foods in our community.