Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™

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Healthy Options, Healthy Meals ™ launched in 2010 as a targeted effort to make healthy and nutritious food more accessible for low-income families. Supported by generous funding from Kaiser Permanente and technical assistance from MAZON, 12 food banks collaborated to create formal nutrition policies and make nutrition and wellness an organization-wide priority.

Impact Story

Maui Food Bank, Wailuku HI

"Our culture has been shifting since our HOHM work began, and our focus on nutrition has permeated throughout our entire organization. From our messaging, to the foods we purchase, to our clients perceptibility, nutritious foods are the new norm here. 

Our focus on produce has been a major change. At both the purchasing and donation levels, to the foods we offer through programs, our kids café is now blending kale with their smoothies and our soup kitchen aims to provide meals that are nutritious and well-balanced.

Giving up our beloved SPAM (we no longer purchase it!) was tough at first - it’s a staple in Hawaii. But the health of our community is worth any short term frustration that comes along with change."

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Phase 1 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

CHOP™ Implementation Guide

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A step-by-step plan to help food banks implement the Choose Healthy Options Program (CHOP™), a framework that helps food banks to acquire and distribute more nutritious product. Download Implementation Guide.