Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank’s Virtual Food Drive
Organized by Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
We are prioritizing the health of our neighbors and supplying more nutritious food!
Extensive research has shown that food insecurity is a complex problem. Poor nutrition has fueled a sharp rise in chronic disease prevalence in the U.S. People living in low-income neighborhoods often lack access to healthy food, leading to growing socioeconomic disparities in diet quality. As a result, individuals in households utilizing the charitable food system are at high risk of poor nutrition and diet-related chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
Recent efforts to promote healthy choices in food banks and food pantries include the creation and adoption of formal nutrition policies, expanded nutrition education, cultivation of relationships with food donors who can donate healthier products, and investment in the capacity to store and display healthier food items.
Along with food banks across America, we are incorporating the Healthy Eating Research (HER) Guidelines into every aspect of our work, including Virtual Food Drives! This is a standard set of nutrition criteria that intends to improve the quality of foods in food banks and pantries in order to increase access to and promote healthier food choices across the charitable food system, allowing all people in the United States—regardless of income—access to the foods necessary for an active, healthy life.
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