In America, the richest country in the world, 1 in 6 people struggle to keep food on the table.
Historically, food pantries have focused on filling empty stomachs with whatever food is available. Much of this food tends to be highly processed and full of fat, sugar & sodium. Easily accessible, cheap food may temporarily alleviate hunger pangs, but ultimately will contribute to chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It is unjust to “help” people who are truly in need with provisions that promote disease instead of prevent it.
SuperFood Drive’s mission is to help hunger relief organizations provide healthy food and nutrition education to nourish the 50 million individuals and families struggling to keep food on their tables.
The opposite of hungry isn’t full; it’s healthy!
Food security: when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.
3 pillars of food security
Nutrition security: adequate nutritional status in terms of protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals for all household members at all times. Two aspects of nutrition security related to pubic health: