CHOPlight: Making Healthy Choices Easy

CHOPCHOP (short for Choosing Healthy Options Program) is a nutrition analysis tool the Food Bank uses to help agencies find healthier food for their clients.

CHOP awards a food a score based on its healthy components (like vitamins and fiber) and less healthy components (like added sugar). A CHOP score of 1 is the best and means that a food is very healthy and can be eaten frequently. A CHOP score of 3 means that a food is less healthy and should be chosen sparingly.

These CHOP scores allow the Food Bank's member agencies find healthier foods for their clients. A large study on a similar system demonstrated that "traffic light" labeling led to healthier choices. The Food Bank posts CHOP scores on our warehouse shopping floor signs, the agency shopping list, and on other food ordering forms.

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