1 in 10 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes. 1 in 3 people that use food banks in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes. One of the most common reasons for this statistic is that unhealthy foods are more affordable and accessible to lower income households.
Lynnwood Food Bank strives to provide healthy options for our customers. We focus on nutrition by spending our money on foods that offer more nutrition, such as meats, eggs, dairy, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.
Additionally, we work with several organizations to provide a nutrition education program to teach our customers about the foods they eat and how to prepare them. We collaborate with Verdant Health Commission, SNAP Education, Sound Dietitians, Seattle Pacific University, American Heart Association, and more. Programs include live cooking demonstrations, video cooking demos, video nutrition tips, one on one conversations with dietetic interns, recipes, nutrition handouts, and more.
Providing information and education to our community in the area of nutrition makes a small dent in the health disparities that exist along socio-economic and racial lines. This is another way we serve our community with love.