National Nutrition Month – Help Us Give Meals
We invite you to join us in participating in National Nutrition Month by learning about the importance of making healthy food choices, learning about the deep connection between eating healthy and feeling healthy, and helping us #GiveMeals.
Good health starts with good food. At the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, we provide community members access to nutritious meals and nutrition education, like recipes, to support a healthy lifestyle. There a deep connection between food insecurity and living a healthy life. The Food Bank strives to provide community members with resources they need to relieve food insecurity and live a healthy lifestyle.
What is food insecurity?
In Northwest Ohio, 1 in 6 people, including 1 in 4 children are food insecure.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.”
While hunger and food insecurity are closely related, they are distinct concepts. “Hunger” refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort. “Food insecurity” refers to a lack of available financial resources for food. Think about a time when you came home from work or school, and your stomach was rumbling. You might have went to the refrigerator or the pantry to grab a snack. A food insecure individual feels that same level of discomfort, but does not have a snack in the refrigerator or pantry to grab.
For more information, read:
UNDERSTANDING FOOD INSECURITY
What are the Connections Between Food Insecurity and Health?
Households served by the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank include people coping with long-term health problems that are impacted by dietary intake.
According to the Feeding America “Hunger in America” report, in Northwest Ohio, 38 percent of households served report at least one member with diabetes. In addition, 67 percent of households served report at least one member with high blood pressure.
The cycle of food insecurity and chronic disease begins when an individual or family cannot afford enough nutritious food. The combination of stress and poor nutrition can make disease management even more challenging. Further, the time and money needed to respond to these worsening health crises drains the household budget, leaving little money for essential nutrition and medical care. This causes the cycle to continue. Many families experiencing food insecurity often have several, if not all, compounding factors which makes maintaining good health extremely difficult.
For more information, visit: HUNGER & HEALTH 101
You have the power to make a difference in the lives of many today.
For every dollar you donate, the Food Bank is able to provide 4 meals to those in need right here in our community.
Donate to feed a family in need today. Together, we can solve hunger in our community.