Yesterday kicked off the start of National Nutrition Month and an in-office celebration of the Feeding America partnership with the USDA's MyPlate initiative. Some may ask how a hunger-relief organization fits in with portion sizes and food selections when we should just be tasked with getting the food out to people in need. But the truth is that nutrition matters to all.
Today, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger in America. At the same time, our nation is seeing a drastic rise in obesity and diet-related diseases. Hunger and the rise of diet-related diseases meet at a contradictory intersection here in the Unites States. There is a lot of food in our country — some of it good, some of it not. Often, due to the lack of access to grocery stores or the higher costs of the good stuff, people living with low-incomes are forced to make incorrect nutrition choices. Low-income Americans are disproportionately becoming the most at-risk segment of the population when it comes to diabetes and cardiovascular-related illness.
Thursday, March 8 will be "What's on My Plate Day". The idea is to get people to demonstrate healthy eating. Take picture of your plate and upload to Twitter with the hashtag #MyPlate to raise awareness of the importance of proper nutrition.
As the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, Feeding America has the ability to ensure that the 37 million Americans we serve each year are armed with the opportunities and tools to help them lead healthier lives. With this in mind, the Feeding America network has signed on to USDA's MyPlate, making our organization the largest private hunger-relief organization to become a national strategic partner of the initiative.
We encourage you to visit the MyPlate site to learn how you can make better food choices. Also take the time to visit Donate Your Voice for Hunger to learn more about the correlation of hunger and nutrition. Finally, stay tuned to the Feeding America blog or join us on Facebook to learn more about the correlation of hunger and nutrition.