At one time or another, most of us have thought about eating better, increasing our exercise, or generally being healthier. National Nutrition Month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutritionists and medical professionals agree that it’s important incorporate a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups into your diet on a regular basis. But what about those around us who are already struggling to make ends meet.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, on average, healthy eating patterns costs about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy ones. Over the course of a year, that would increase food costs by $2,200 for a family of 4. We know that the long-term costs of diet-related chronic illnesses would well outstrip the expense of healthy eating today. But the real burden the added expense would create today makes this a lose-lose situation for struggling families.
USDA offers nutrition assistance programs for some eligible families, but that’s often not enough. Second Harvest of South Georgia and our network of partner agencies provide food assistance to food insecure families, children, and senior citizens in our area. Through our programs, we are able to help our neighbors in need by increasing stable, affordable access to healthy foods like fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
For more information on our programs or how you can get involved, contact us at (229) 244-2678.