Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, is partnering with the National Dairy Council and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to announce to the launch of the Healthy Food Bank Hub – an innovative microsite of feedingamerica.org. The microsite was developed with support from fellow partners and network food banks, as well as an educational grant from the National Dairy Council in an effort to provide a platform for the growing conversation between public health and hunger-relief professionals on the issues of food insecurity, improved nutrition, and reducing the risk of diet-related diseases, according to a press release.
“It is our hope that the Healthy Food Bank Hub will help to bridge efforts addressing food insecurity and poor nutrition by providing a platform to connect hunger-relief and nutrition professionals, as well as provide the information, tools, and inspirational ideas that help empower families and individuals when and where they need it most,” said Michelle Berger Marshall, director of nutrition at Feeding America.
Jean Ragalie-Carr, RD, president of the National Dairy Council, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Feeding America to launch the Healthy Food Bank Hub. Food insecurity and health are interconnected; Americans, especially growing and developing children, need and deserve quality nutrition for their well-being. It’s time we prioritize collaboration between the nutrition and hunger-relief sectors, and recognize food insecurity as a public health issue.”
The Healthy Food Bank Hub serves as an asset for nutrition education not only by connecting public health and nutritional professionals with opportunities to learn about hunger in their communities, but also by providing handouts, evaluations and healthy, budget-friendly recipes for food banks and community organizations.