March is National Nutrition Month. In honor of the nearly 36,000 Larimer County residents that lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life, the Food Bank places a high priority on providing nutritious food for our clients. Food insecurity in itself has serious health consequences for children as well as adults. Children from families that struggle with food insecurity are more likely to experience poor physical health and hospitalization, developmental delays and often struggle in school. For adults, many of the risks of being food insecure are the same as those of becoming obese including limited resources; lack of access to healthy, affordable foods; cycles of deprivation and overeating; and high levels of stress.
In 2014, we distributed more than 3 million pounds of fresh produce. In combination with our work to source and distribute healthy foods, we are providing nutrition education to our clients through our Tasting Table program and our Eat Well, Be Well nutrition education campaign. And just last week, we launched our “Host A Healthy Food Drive” program. Our ultimate goal is to move our clients from hunger to health.
According to our annual client nutrition survey, our focus on providing healthy foods IS making an impact.
- 88.7% of clients surveyed would eat less than 3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day if they didn’t have access to Food Share program.
- 55.8% of clients surveyed indicated that Tasting Table has helped them add fresh fruits and vegetables to their diets.
- 59% of clients surveyed said Tasting Table has taught them new ways to prepare meals
- 70% of clients surveyed reported eating better due to Food Share; 30% reported feeling better; 15% stated better mental focus