While charitable solutions alone won’t be enough to improve the health of the nearly one in six Americans who are food insecure, policymakers should engage food banks in public health interventions, leveraging their ability to reach vulnerable populations with diet-sensitive diseases.
I am grateful for my SNAP benefits; I know we would go hungry without them. However, the amount we receive dictates that each meal we purchase remain under two dollars per person. It is impossible to feed my family the organic, whole fruits and vegetables that I believe are best for us on that budget. It is the garden and the ability to purchase seeds and seedlings with SNAP benefits that allows me to fill that gap.
What a pleasure it was to visit Interfaith Food Shuttle in Raleigh, NC and have the opportunity to meet the wonderful staff, tour the facility, check out their fabulous kitchen & community garden, have a chat with the Executive Director, Jill Statton all before hitting the road to see their Teaching Farm and Medical Mobile Distribution.