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.
Through the Pennsylvania Healthy Pantry Initiative (PA HPI), Feeding Pennsylvania works with our member food banks to increase healthy food and beverage options available in food pantries. In addition to increasing access to nutritious food, nutrition educators will work at the pantries to encourage consumption of those foods through environmental changes as well as direct nutrition education such as healthy food tastings, demonstrations, recipes, classes, etc.
Given the health risks associated with food insecurity, Feeding Pennsylvania was interested in finding a way to bridge the gap to help improve the health of food insecure individuals and families. With this problem came an amazing opportunity with the help of PA Eats by using the food pantry to promote nutrition. In partnership with PA Eats, we developed the Nourish PA video series to educate food-insecure Pennsylvanians on how to prepare simple, accessible meals with affordable, healthy ingredients commonly found in food pantries. The videos and recipes are created by PA Eats and promoted and distributed through Feeding Pennsylvania’s HPI participating pantries.
With over 2,700 PA food pantries actively distributing food, this partnership helps fill the gap to this crucial need in providing educational resources to pantry clients. It allows Feeding Pennsylvania to teach their clients how to create nourishing meals with the food they receive.
With more and more information being offered virtually, these resources are so valuable to the PA Healthy Pantry Initiative. Over the course of the next several years, PA HPI will expand to work with at least 95 pantries throughout the state. PA Eats will continue to collaborate with Feeding PA to recruit chefs and receive sponsorships to create recipes, videos, and other digital content.
For more information on the Pennsylvania Healthy Pantry Initiative (PA HPI), please visit: https://feedingpa.org/hpi/
* Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.