Food is medicine.
Yet nutritious food is out of reach for many low-income families and seniors. Fruits and vegetables are often unaffordable on tight budgets. And fresh produce isn’t readily available in many low-income neighborhoods where grocery stores are sparse.
This gap in nutrition costs our community greatly.
Hunger contributes to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and even shortens people’s lives. And chronic illness contributes to worsening food insecurity. It is a vicious cycle. In the one of the most prosperous regions in the world, nobody should become sick due to a lack of consistent access to healthy food. Nobody should have to make a choice between putting food on the table or taking medicine.
That’s why our ground-breaking initiatives aim to bridge the gap between healthcare and anti-hunger relief efforts. From participating in clinical trials to providing medically-tailored boxes of food and the Food Bank and healthcare community are natural allies. With closer collaboration, we can do even more to improve people’s overall health.
Our nutrition program guides our work – including our food purchases – to increase access to healthy foods and combat diet-related illness through a variety of cooking and nutrition education programs. We have one of the most progressive nutrition policies in the nation, and over half the food we provide to our community is fresh produce.