When people think about nutrition, they often think of dieting and weight loss. Although nutrition does involve maintaining a healthy body weight, it includes so much more.
Nutrition looks at the health of the body as a whole including balanced diets, exercise, and proper hydration. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is often considered too difficult, especially for people on tight budgets who cannot afford healthy foods and gym memberships.
The Homeless Shelter & Food Distribution Platform is working to overcome these misconceptions through our own Nutrition & Wellness Program and by increasing the distribution of healthy foods, especially fresh produce, to our client population.
We know that our partner charities and clients can only make healthy food choices if we provide them with healthy options. That is why the Homeless Shelter & Food Distribution Platform’s nutrition policy applies to all departments within the Food Bank and is designed to guide our entire operation from food procurement to food distribution.
Farm to Family Program
California produces more than half of the nation’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables. The Farm to Family Program connects the state’s growers and packers with Homeless Shelter & Food Distribution Platform to deliver fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to families in need. Often growers and producers have ‘excess’ produce that is either dumped or plowed under, but the Farm to Family Program ‘saves’ this produce and delivers it to food banks throughout California.