In response to increasing evidence of the link between hunger and obesity, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger officially kicked off a groundbreaking initiative designed to make nutritious food more accessible for low-income families. Healthy Options, Healthy Meals is a two and a half year program funded by Kaiser Permanente, one of the country’s leading health care providers and not-for profit health plans. The initiative is designed to help food banks all over the country advance their nutrition goals and become stronger community resources for healthy eating.
“Our nation’s food banks have been taking steps to improve the nutritional quality of the food they provide,” said program director Marla Feldman. “But distributing healthier food requires that these organizations broaden the scope of their programs and practices. MAZON is uniquely positioned to help them build their capacity to accomplish this by sharing what we’ve learned the last several years working with emergency food providers on our California Nutrition and Healthy Eating Initiative.”
Participating food banks will be able to tap into MAZON’s expertise in this arena and apply effective strategies, best practices, and concrete tools that have been successfully used by their peers. Each one will be empowered to identify and implement organizational changes that will improve their ability to provide healthier food to low-income families.
“Kaiser Permanente is committed to the good health of the communities we serve, and good nutrition is an essential component of good health,” said Raymond J. Baxter, senior vice president of Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente. “However, in many communities across the country, good nutrition remains elusive and the prevalence of nutrition-related health issues continues to rise. This initiative is about giving low-income families who rely on the emergency food network the resources they need to eat nutritious meals and ultimately lead healthy lives.”
For more information about Healthy Meals, Healthy Options, please visit http://mazon.org/go/hohm.