This March, we’re celebrating Nutrition Month and bringing attention to the link between hunger and health.
Did you know that people dealing with food insecurity are at a higher risk for long-term health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure?
Because of this link, we celebrate Nutrition Month each March to show the important relationship between hunger and health.
HUNGER AND HEALTH
When an individual or family becomes food insecure, they cope by purchasing food that is low cost and often of low nutritional value. Combine this with the long-term stress that comes from strained finances, and it can lead to chronic disease.
The expense of managing a chronic disease further drains their resources and can even affect their employment opportunities. Now more than ever they need healthy, nourishing food but can’t afford it because of mounting medical costs.
They manage by purchasing inexpensive, low quality meals, and the cycle starts over again.
Throughout March, our goal is to bring attention to the cycle of food insecurity and chronic disease while bringing more nutritious food into the community through our programs and partnerships.
LIFEPOINT IS MAKING COMMUNITIES HEALTHIER
For the third year in a row, we’re partnering with LifePoint Health for Nutrition Month. We both believe that it’s not enough to simply feed our community. We want to offer nourishing food that fills stomachs today and creates healthier communities tomorrow.
Over the course of our three-year partnership, LifePoint has donated funds, time, and food in an effort to increase access to healthy food for the 1 in 8 Middle Tennesseans struggling with hunger.
This month they’ll host two Mobile Pantries that will provide food to about 500 households, bring in over 600,000 pounds of fresh produce, and donate their time and energy sorting food in our warehouse.
We are grateful for their partnership and dedication to making communities healthier in Middle Tennessee!