March 17, 2014
by ntfbadmin

March is National Nutrition Month for Feeding America & NTFB

March 17, 2014
by ntfbadmin

The month of March holds a high significance to National Nutrition Month. While North Texas Food Bank and Feeding America hold nutrition in high regard every month, the two organizations (among others) will specifically emphasize good nutrition and the availability of nutritious meals throughout the NTFB service area, as well as nationally through the Feeding America network.

Did you know 50 million people suffer from hunger in the United States? Many are struggling even more this year due to cold temperatures, higher heating costs, and food stamp help (SNAP) cuts that impacted many families last year. To educate food insecure North Texans and those across the country who are food insecure, USDA’s MyPlate program and NTFB’s own Nutrition Education/Cooking Matters programs are inspiring healthy food options and choices. Doing this is helping their respective “clients” improve their health and self-sufficiency.

Additionally, while NTFB graciously accepts all food gifts from generous donors, NTFB also chooses not to count beverages, snacks or desserts towards its meal goals. As a result, healthier donations to the food bank create a healthier community. Healthful food includes whole grains, vegetables (about 1 in 3 lbs. of food NTFB distributes is a fruit or vegetable), fruits, and lean meats.

Fully effective this July, NTFB will adopt the Food to Encourage (F2E) model, which is a national movement of Feeding America that transitions NTFB from the term, “nutritious” to “foods to encourage.” Food groups from the MyPlat program will still have a focus, and the F2E program should be fully adopted by 2015.
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The month of March holds a high significance to National Nutrition Month. While North Texas Food Bank and Feeding America hold nutrition in high regard every month, the two organizations (among others) will specifically emphasize good nutrition and the availability of nutritious meals throughout the NTFB service area, as well as nationally through the Feeding America network.

Did you know 50 million people suffer from hunger in the United States? Many are struggling even more this year due to cold temperatures, higher heating costs, and food stamp help (SNAP) cuts that impacted many families last year. To educate food insecure North Texans and those across the country who are food insecure, USDA’s MyPlate program and NTFB’s own Nutrition Education/Cooking Matters programs are inspiring healthy food options and choices. Doing this is helping their respective “clients” improve their health and self-sufficiency.

Additionally, while NTFB graciously accepts all food gifts from generous donors, NTFB also chooses not to count beverages, snacks or desserts towards its meal goals. As a result, healthier donations to the food bank create a healthier community. Healthful food includes whole grains, vegetables (about 1 in 3 lbs. of food NTFB distributes is a fruit or vegetable), fruits, and lean meats.

Fully effective this July, NTFB will adopt the Food to Encourage (F2E) model, which is a national movement of Feeding America that transitions NTFB from the term, “nutritious” to “foods to encourage.” Food groups from the MyPlat program will still have a focus, and the F2E program should be fully adopted by 2015.
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