Nutrition Position Statement
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC's Nutrition Position Statement integrates the following concepts:
- We accept all donated food products
- Individuals exercise choice in food selection
- All types of food can fit within a balanced diet
- We encourage healthy food choices and donations
In light of known relationships between food insecurity, obesity and diet-related diseases, our goal is to do more than simply provide calories.
In collaboration with our donors, volunteers, partner agency food assistance network and other supporters and stakeholders, we work to obtain and distribute as many healthy foods as possible.
Our warehouse receives a wide range of food products varying in nutritional value each day. We believe that all types of food can fit within a healthy diet – and we understand that every individual we serve has food preferences. Knowing this, we choose not to reject food and beverage donations based on nutrient quality.
Our Nutrition Services Program and Food and Nutrition Services Outreach efforts reflect our commitment to support the health and well-being of food insecure families and our communties. A variety of educational workshops are offered for all ages that build skills and knowledge around how to eat healthy on a budget, and Food and Nutrition Services Outreach work connects potentially eligible families with additional resources to purchase food.
Looking ahead, our food bank is committed to increasing distribution of fresh produce, building the capacity of our network to accept these products, expanding our nutrition educationa and services.
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