Together: Second Harvest, SNAP-Ed, & Our Agency Partners
Second Harvest is happy to continually work with over 200 partner agencies who work hard to serve their unique corners of the community. This year, Second Harvest received grant funding from the Department of Agriculture for Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education (SNAP-Ed). SNAP-Ed is a program geared towards teaching people using or eligible for SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits about nutrition, particularly making their food dollars stretch to fit a tight budget. Food banks are uniquely positioned to improve the well-being of the people they serve.
With this grant, Second Harvest is able to provide to support to our partner agencies in promoting health and making the healthy food choice the easy choice. We can offer assistance with resources for healthy nudges, cooking class curriculum trainings, recipes, healthy food procurement, and more, as you see fit for the needs of your food bank.
Second Harvest believes that no one should go hungry. The Hunger in America 2014 survey found that many households served by the Feeding America network of food banks include people coping with a chronic disease that is impacted by the foods they eat. Of the people visiting food banks in our country, it has been shown that many face or are at risk for developing a chronic disease, such as diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, and heart disease. With the help of our partner agencies, Second Harvest is able to provide healthy food for every person every day.
How can we collaborate?
Second Harvest SNAP-Ed staff are available for advice on how to include nutrition education into your food bank services, based on what you feel you are able to take on. This looks different for every food bank – we want to work with you and help you make changes that you feel confident about taking on and will work for the populations you serve.
Check out the tabs on the right for these healthy food banking topics:
Healthy Nudges – Subtle environment changes in a food distribution setting, designed to make a healthy choice the easy choice
Recipes – Recipes tested that highlight common healthy food items given out in food banks and food pantries
Trainings for Cooking Classes – Resources & tips for starting cooking classes in your food pantry
Client Choice & Shopping Models - Look at ways to use a client choice model in your organization
Healthy Food Procurement – Strategies for increasing the amount of whole, healthy foods for your food bank
Highlighted Partner SNAP-Ed Project – Check out what other Second Harvest partner food banks are up to with a highlighted SNAP-Ed Project
Printables & Signage - Colorful MyPlate & Food Group Signage to promote healthy foods