Due to systemic phenomena such as food deserts, over saturation of fast-food outlets and lack of proper nutrition education, there are numerous diet related health epidemics across the nation. These epidemics particularly impact low income communities the most.
A majority if not all chronic illness can be traced back to the diet. Up until recently lifestyle choice has been implicated as a primary driving force for chronic illness. However, innovative research has proven otherwise. The origins of poor diet and nutrition especially in marginalized communities’ stems from the lack of proper education and access to healthy foods. In addition, with many low-income families working multiple jobs to combat the high costs of living, many find themselves in a quagmire. Not enough access, not enough time and not enough resources.
The purpose of the community nutrition program is to supply marginalized communities with the nutrition education and foods necessary to alleviate the impacts of poor diet. In order to accomplish this, there needs to be an innovative strategy to directly engage available assets within the community, decrease barriers for access and utilization and provide a consistent system for healthy meal access.
In collaboration with Pocket Chef, this strategic plan will divert foods headed for waste to Pocket Chefs, to a certified chef collective that is designed to cook as much food as possible for a low hourly rate. This is to ensure we are eliminating barriers to accessing proper nutrition.
We provide nutrition education designed around the specific experiences of themes vulnerable populations. The information provided within our workshops are simple to implement and create a variety of options for those who may live in areas with low access to proper nutrition.
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