Feeding Pennsylvania promotes and aids our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in their communities and across Pennsylvania.
The PA healthy pantry initiative is expanding! Throughout the past year, Feeding PA and 3 of our member food banks have been diligently working on the PA Healthy Pantry Initiative with food pantries across the state to increase access to healthy nutritious food. Nutrition educators from each food bank are working to promote healthy foods through nudges, nutrition signage, recipes, meal bundles, and tastings. This work has been funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cohort 1 consisted of 34 pantries, which will work with the nutrition educators ongoing. The nutrition educators are in the process of recruiting Cohort 2, which will add 30 more pantries to the initiative.
Starting October 1, 2020, Feeding PA has received additional funding to expand the healthy pantry work to three more of our member food banks. The additional healthy pantry work will be funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the PA Department of Human Services (DHS). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
“The goal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), the new name for Food Stamp Nutrition Education, is to improve the likelihood that individuals eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.”
Through the SNAP-Ed funding, 41 additional pantries have been recruited and will soon begin working with the food banks nutrition educators to complete healthy pantry assessments. After the assessments are complete, the nutrition educators will work with pantries to plan for the coming year.
The additional funding is an excellent opportunity to expand the exciting work being done within the food pantries to promote healthy nutritious food.
For more information and resources, visit: https://feedingpa.org/hpi or https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/SNAP-Nutrition-Education.aspx