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Fighting Hunger and Diabetes: Second Harvest’s Commitment in National Diabetes Awareness Month

November: A Month of Awareness and Action Against Diabetes 

Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month? At Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, we’re at the forefront of addressing the crucial intersection of hunger and diabetes – challenges that affect many in our community. 

Lifepoint Partnership: A United Front Against Food Insecurity and Diabetes 

Managing diabetes requires a carefully thought-out diet, an often-unattainable luxury for those facing food insecurity. We’re proud to shine a light on our partnership with Lifepoint, whose generous support has been pivotal in distributing diabetes-friendly tray packs and food boxes across underserved communities. These aren’t just food items; they represent hope and a healthier future. 

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe: A Testament to Healthy, Accessible Eating 

In honor of the occasion, we’re delighted to share a diabetic-friendly recipe that’s not only delectable but also meets the nutritional requirements of those with diabetes. This Butternut Squash Soup, incorporating an ingredient from our diabetes-friendly box – apple sauce with no added sugar – is the epitome of how healthy eating can be both accessible and pleasurable.  For more recipes, visit our nutrition page!


  • 1 large butternut squash (peeled, cubed, and roasted) 
  • 1 tbsp oil 
  • 1 diced onion 
  • 1 can of no sugar added apple sauce 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Recommended spices: nutmeg, thyme, dried sage, garlic powder 
  • 4-6 cups of vegetable broth 


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F for the butternut squash. 
  • Sauté onion in a pot, add the roasted squash, apple sauce, spices, and broth. 
  • Cook, blend, and enjoy a smooth, heartwarming soup. 

Our Commitment and Thanks 

This recipe is a reflection of our commitment to providing healthy, diabetes-friendly options to those in need. With Lifepoint’s partnership and the unwavering support of our community, we’re making a real difference in the lives of those managing diabetes amidst food insecurity. 

As we continue our fight against hunger and strive for health, we’re grateful for your support in this essential mission. Join us in making a difference, one meal at a time. 

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