Last month, we had the opportunity to connect with a partner dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of low-income families via supplemental food programs. After doing some research, nutrition is now a key pillar in the reFUEL product.
After reading a thesis by a master’s degree student at Arizona State University, we find the following facts both relevant and noteworthy.
Many food bank clients are not currently meeting their personal nutrition goals set by ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Why does this matter? Low-income families or families in crisis seek food in a number of ways. Through the SNAP program, through supplemental food programs like food pantries and school backpack programs, and through local grocery options. If the food provided to families through supplemental and emergency programs is not nutrient dense, families will not meet their nutritional requirements. Many families lack access to dairy, fruits, and vegetables.
Food insecurity is associated with a number of related diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity. (Hoisington et al., 2011)
reFUEL wants to assure we meet our families nutritional needs to curb the chance of these chronic diseases.
A number of studies have shown a link between hunger and obesity, a phenomenon called the hunger-obesity paradox.
Not only are the intake of calories important for all families, but the intake of a variety of nutritious, quality foods are just, if not more important than meeting caloric suggestions. Kids without access to nutritious foods can suffer from lower grades, anxiety and irritability making learning more challenging than their more affluent peers.
reFUEL will work to assure our clients have a variety of nutrient-dense foods to supplement their household groceries.