March 25, 2013
by Feeding America

During National Nutrition Month, we will be highlighting programs across our network that are finding unique ways to get nutritious foods to people struggling with hunger. This story comes from Feeding America San Diego.

Feeding America San Diego is passionate about health. It's a passion led in no small way by Jennifer Gilmore, the food bank's Executive Director.

Jennifer understands providing for the hungry means providing for their nutritious needs, not just their caloric ones. She sees clients struggling with obesity-related disease, not because they don't want to eat nutritiously, but because nutritious food is not often accessible. Jennifer sees that it is the mission of Feeding America San Diego to change that.

Located in the heart of California sunshine, the food bank has access to an abundance of fresh, nutritious food. Fruits and vegetables make up nearly 50 percent of the food it distributes. This adds up to about eight million pounds of fresh produce a year. The food bank even has a Farm to Kids program which delivers bags of fresh produce and nutrition education materials to area schools. As a result, around 7,000 kids are sent home with farm-fresh foods.

"We're passionate about health because we really care about the people dependent on our food," says Gilmore. People consuming nutritious foods do better in school, avoid more chronic diseases, and feel better in general. "The opposite of hungry isn't full," says Gilmore. "The opposite of hungry is healthy."

Tags: Nutrition , Feeding San Diego

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