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Hunger & Health

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!

In the United States, our primary concern is of food insecurity, not actual hunger. In other words, people in the U.S. are not dying due to lack of sufficient energy (calories) as is commonly shown with starving children in developing countries. In the U.S. people are struggling with food security and a paradox of being overfed, yet undernourished (malnourished) – more accurately described as nutrition insecurity.
SuperFood Drive is a public health response to address food security & nutritional vulnerability.

 

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

•Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis.
•Food access: sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet.
•Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care.

 

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:

•Micronutrient deficiencies, often called ‘hidden hunger’ – a lack of sufficient amounts of one or more essential nutrients such as vitamins and/or minerals; and
•Overnutrition, a measurable form of malnutrition when an individual has consumed too many calories over a long period of time, e.g., overweight and obesity.

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