Feeding Northeast Florida is a firm believer that food is more than just fuel for our bodies. Food is medicine. Those in our community struggling with food insecurity are often affected by much more than hunger; food insecurity, poverty and health are interconnected.
The food most easily accessible to those with limited budgets are cheap, highly processed items that are high in both fat and sugar. For many in Northeast Florida, a combination of living within a region designated a food desert, coupled with lack of transportation, limits where they can purchase groceries – leaving only fast food restaurants, convenience stores or gas stations. This contributes to higher rates of diet-related diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. The cost of these issues is great. Poor nutrition has a $894 million price tag locally.
For this reason, Feeding Northeast Florida is laser-focused on nutrition education. We are proud of the fact that 85 percent of the food we distribute are fresh, healthy items including dairy, produce and meat. While we are working to ensure that those in our community struggling with hunger have access to this healthy food, that is only half the battle. For families that have never had access to fresh produce, for example, when they receive a food item like squash, they don’t know how to prepare it. Feeding Northeast Florida continues growing our robust Nutrition Program in order to provide those struggling with hunger with the resources needed to prepare, cook and serve the healthy food we distribute.
Feeding Northeast Florida is proud to distribute 35,000 meals every day. We recognize that some of the most common food items coming through our distribution center are best prepared certain ways. But if families don’t know how to prepare an item, they likely won’t want to take it home. That’s why we’ve developed a recipe database filled with simple ways to prepare the most common food items we distribute.
- Potatoes – Easy Roasted Potatoes
- Cabbage – Cabbage and Pea Salad
- Eggplant – Spicy Grilled Eggplant
- Green Peppers – Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Cauliflower – Roasted Vegan Cauliflower Soup
- Squash – Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
- Corn – Easy & Delicious Canned Corn
- Carrots – Sautéed Carrots
- Broccoli – Simple and Satisfying Broccoli
- Peanut Butter – Elvis’ famous Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
National Nutrition Resources
MyPlate is a national nutrition guide released in 2011 by the United States Department of Agriculture. The updated version of the Food Pyramid is designed to showcase the right mix of food to live a healthy lifestyle. MyPlate encourages you to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with grains, one quarter with protein and a side of dairy.
The USDA’s MyPlate database has lots of great resources to help you eat healthfully, including tips on how to eat on a budget.
For more information on MyPlate, visit choosemyplate.gov.
Other Helpful Links
Our Nutrition Partners