There is a powerful connection between food and wellness, and poor diets are more likely in low income households. Unfortunately, 70 percent of households served by the food bank reported “purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy” food as the common coping strategy to hunger. Accordingly, 48 percent of households served by the CAFB have a family member with high blood pressure, and 22 percent of households served have a family member with diabetes.
The Capital Area Food Bank is committed to providing good, healthy food that contributes to wellness, as well as educational materials to prepare healthy food on a budget.
Read about our commitment to wellness in the following publications:
• healthline – The American Capital’s Largest Food Bank Says No to Junk Food
• DCist – At The Capital Area Food Bank, Produce Is Paramount
• Food & Wine – Why One Food Bank Is Saying No to Junk Food
• VOX – This food bank doesn’t want your junk food. Good.
• Washington Post – Want to donate junk food? The region’s largest food bank will reject it.
• Civil Eats – Why This Food Bank is Turning Away Junk Food
• The Hill – Our nation’s top killer? The iconic American diet
• USA Today – D.C. food bank taking the junk out of clients’ diets
• Washinton Hispanic – CAFB se deshace de comida poco saludable
Learn more about wellness and hunger here.
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