Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families

Reports/Briefs/Reviews

Healthy Options, Healthy Meals - A strategic initiative of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger - PART 1, Chapter 1-7

The goal of the Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™ (HOHM) initiative is to increase access to nutritious foods for low-income families by assisting food banks in their efforts to improve the nutritional quality of their food inventory.

Healthy Options, Healthy Meals - A strategic initiative of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger - PART 2, Chapter 8-9

The goal of the Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™ (HOHM) initiative is to increase access to nutritious foods for low-income families by assisting food banks in their efforts to improve the nutritional quality of their food inventory.

Improving the Nutritional Quality of Foods Distributed to Lower-Income Families through Emergency Food Services: Report

"Improving the Nutritional Quality of Foods Distributed to Lower-Income Families through Emergency Food Services: A study of nutrition-related policies and practices of food banks and food pantries" reports on two recent trends in the US—widespread food insecurity among families and the rising prevalence of obesity in both adults and children.

Nutrition Policies and Practices in the Feeding America Network: Report Provided to 202 Feeding America Food Banks

This newsletter presents the results of a national survey of food banks in the Feeding America network conducted by the Center as part of a larger study. The survey was designed to identify ways that the emergency food network can increase its inventory of healthful foods in order to help prevent obesity and protect client health.

Food Preferences of Users of the Emergency Food System: Article

”Food Preferences of Users of the Emergency Food System”, published in The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, examines food and beverage preferences of emergency food program (EFP) clients of the Food Bank of Central New York (Food Bank). Findings suggest that food pantry clients prefer to receive meat/poultry/fish, vegetables, and fruit over soda, candy, and snack foods.

Unraveling the Paradox of Concurrent Food Insecurity and Obesity: Article

More than a decade ago, a nutrition paradox was first reported. According to national data, those living in poverty could experience simultaneously high levels of food insecurity (a condition of food insufficiency and undernutrition) and high levels of obesity (a condition of overnutrition).

How Improving Federal Nutrition Program Access and Quality Work Together to Reduce Hunger and Promote Healthy Eating

Too often reducing hunger and promoting healthy eating among children are viewed as competing interests in the federal child nutrition programs. This paper shows that they can be mutually reinforcing and complementary strategies. Expanding participation in federal nutrition programs reduces childhood hunger and improves children’s diets.

MAZON’s California Nutrition and Healthy Eating Initiative 2007-2010: Process Evaluation and Lessons Learned Report

Food insecurity is a growing concern in the United States especially in view of the recent economic climate, which has increased demand on Emergency Food Programs (EFP). There is an increased urgency in improving the nutrition quality of food distributed to our most nutritionally vulnerable families.