The average grocery store in the United States has over 38,000 items to choose from1. But having a lot of choices doesn’t always make things easier. As the late President JFK said, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
This overwhelming number of food items can make it hard for anyone to come home with foods that are best for them and their health. In order to do so, you have to be diligent, knowledgeable, and aware of how foods are made and what they are made of. Selecting truly healthy foods is no longer an easy task. Unfortunately all of this becomes even harder to do when you are faced with limited income and resources.
When you’re struggling to meet the needs of your family, your first concern when buying food is what will allow you to provide the most food for the longest period of time, not how it’s made. For this reason, the families we serve often lack access to healthy, nutrient dense foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result their diet is full of processed foods high in sugar, sodium, and fillers; putting them at greater risk for serious health issues such as diabetes.
While the price of fresh foods isn’t going down anytime soon, there are still ways to help provide fruits and vegetables to those across our region who can’t afford them on their own. By supporting programs such as our Mobile Food Pantry Program you can not only ensure that children, families, and seniors across our region have access to these fresh foods but that they have a chance to improve their overall health as well.
CLICK HERE to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to someone in need!