In 2010, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger partnered with Kaiser Permanente to launch Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™, a groundbreaking national initiative to make healthy and nutritious food more accessible for low-income families.
A select group of food banks in eight Kaiser Permanente regions* are participating in this two and a half year initiative, which aimed to strengthen their capacity to achieve their healthy food goals, wherever they may be along the healthy eating continuum. Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™ was designed to be collaborative not prescriptive; together, MAZON and participating food bank partners co-created a process for change and help shape how the food bank community conducts this type of work.
MAZON is proud that all 12 HOHM™ food banks are implementing a formal written nutrition policy as the core component of their action plans. Formalizing and documenting a nutrition policy ensures that providing nutritious food is a vital part of the food bank’s mission and strongly correlates with a food bank’s success in turning that policy into practice. Throughout this process of developing and implementing a nutrition policy, MAZON is providing training, technical assistance, and peer support to help the food banks implement formal nutrition policies and other tools which will increase the nutritional quality of the food available to the low-income communities served by the emergency food network.
MAZON thanks the Atkins Center for Weight and Health at University of California, Berkeley for their support throughout each stage of this program.
* Kaiser Permanente regions include: Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, Mid-Atlantic (Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia), Hawaii, Northwest (Oregon and Southern Washington), Northern California and Southern California.
HOHM™ Food Bank Partners
Alameda County Community Food Bank, Alameda, CA
Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, GA
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, D.C.
Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland, OH
Community Food Share, Longmont, CO
Feeding America San Diego, San Diego, CA
Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver, CO
Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore, MD
Maui Food Bank, Wailuku, HI
Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, San Diego, CA