On February 1, 2017, Feeding America launched its new and improved microsite – HungerandHealth.org – to educate, connect and engage professionals on the intersections of food insecurity, nutrition and health. The site, formerly known as Healthy Food Bank Hub, was launched in the fall of 2013 to meet the needs and interests of nutrition, health and hunger-relief professionals seeking high-quality information and resources related to food insecurity. As a growing number of sectors, including academia and research, have increased their focus on hunger relief, Feeding America strives to provide a wider range of content, tools and healthy recipes.
Over the last 18 months, we have developed the site with an enhanced user-experience, fresh design, two distinct asset libraries of healthy recipes and resources, a peer-sharing blog platform, expanded content pages and clear calls-to-action. This, of course, would not have been possible without the ongoing feedback and solution-based recommendations of current users. Thank you to all who have and will continue to make this site a beneficial community platform for professionals seeking to address food insecurity while promoting health!
As you explore the new site, consider engaging with these enhanced pages and features:
- We’ve developed “Hunger and Health 101” and “Research” sections under the topic of “Understand Food Insecurity.” These pages are aimed at providing all visitors with a common language and understanding of food insecurity in the United States, its intersections with nutrition and health and evidence-based findings about the prevalence and experiences of individuals who are experiencing or are at-risk of food insecurity.
- Over 400 free tools, resources and healthy recipes are downloadable through the two asset libraries on the site. Each asset has been vetted to ensure they meet the common needs of professionals working with individuals experiencing food insecurity. We encourage you to use and share these assets with your communities, and should you have an asset that you feel would be a helpful addition to the site, please submit today! Asset criteria includes:
- Healthy Recipes
- Nutrition Education Curriculum
- Food Safety Education Materials
- Nutrition Education Handouts
- Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks continue to provide food through food pantries, soup kitchens and meal programs. Within this section, you can learn about this work as well as our initiatives, partnerships and research focused on diabetes interventions, the distribution of healthy foods (Foods to Encourage), food insecurity screenings in health care settings, “nudges,” collective impact and much more. Food banks throughout the network are developing new solutions to address and end hunger.
- Whether it’s adding a widget to your website, submitting a blog post, participating in a training, advocating or building a partnership with others, there are many ways for you to get involved. Visit this section to learn more.
Together we can end hunger, while promoting health!
Jessica E. Hager, External Engagement Manager of Community Health and Nutrition, has worked at Feeding America since June 2012. She manages HungerandHealth.org, and engages with national partners focused on food insecurity and health. Partnerships have included initiatives surrounding health research and promotion with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, USDA’s MyPlate and Enroll America.