We’re seeing more and more groups interested in organizing a #GiveHealthy Food Drive and this one caught our attention. The Curbing Hunger Youth Council is a group of teens supporting the mission of Curbing Hunger. Curbing Hunger has been raising food for hunger organizations for over 20 years to help them during the summer, a time when donations drop at the very time the number of people in need grow (from school aged children supporting by school feeding programs during the school year). Kudos to these young people making a difference! We think they ROCK! Feel like supporting their drive? You can donate here.
Food Day is designed to inspire people to eat healthier food and to work to change our country’s food policies (hint: they currently stink…). The idea is to have people and groups do things on Food Day to create awareness of the need (and benefits) of healthier eating and doubly to create awareness that Federal policies have an enormous influence over what we consume. Many of those policies are pointing in the wrong direction – encouraging people to eat the wrong food. Incredible, but true.
Amp is proud to be a Food Day national partner – we have co-organized the REAL Food Drive – and collaborate in other ways with both Food Day and many members of the Food Day community.
For us, Food Day is a wake up call. There are identifiable reasons why more than half of all adults are diabetic or pre-diabetic and why so many Americans are obese. The most obvious one is the food we eat. “You are what you eat” is simple wisdom and the results speak for themselves. It is, of course, more complicated than that – our own government has food policies that have enormous influence over the food that’s available to eat and the guidance we receive about what constitutes a healthy diet. Unfortunately, government policies in these areas are influenced by special interest groups whose interest is making and selling more food that’s not good for us.
The good news is that change is afoot. More and more people are waking up to the fact that we’ve got to make changes. Individuals are voting with their dollars to purchase healthier food in lieu of unhealthy food. It’s why McDonald’s is selling fewer Big Macs and supermarkets are selling more organic food. That’s heartening. But its still just a start.
On Food Day (and maybe on many of the days following Food Day), do your self a favor. Trade in the candy bar or piece of cake for a juicy apple. Skip the potato chips and have some carrot sticks instead. Your body will thank you for it
The NY Times just published a depressing article that noted despite an increasing amount of information about what we should more of (and less of) to be healthier, many people still ignore that advice.
What should we eat more of? Real Food, and that’s the reasoning behind the Real Food Drive Campaign – to turn food drives into efforts that result in healthy food donations, instead of the usual stuff – highly processed cans of non-perishable food. People struggling with food insecurity also struggle with poor health – obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. – due in large part to a lack of access to healthy food.
If your organization is thinking about a running a food drive this fall – join our campaign! There’s no cost and you’ll get to raise lots of healthy food.
We have too many campaign partners to name here, but several are especially worth noting.
And, of course….
These terrific organizations are all working towards getting us all to eat healthier food for all of the benefits that come with it. Our connection is that we all recognize that so many people donate food to food drives with the best of intentions – we want to ensure those good intentions create the best impact. We have a growing number of groups around the country who have joined the campaign and who are running healthy food drives. Very exciting!
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This is a pretty big deal for us – our first nationwide campaign. Our goal for the campaign is to raise lots of healthy food for a number of food pantries and soup kitchens across the country and to create awareness that there is a new way to run a food drive to amplify its impact.
We’re thrilled to be partnering with Food Day – and working with Lilia Smelkova and Emily Snyder. And we’re doubly thrilled to have a great set of non-profit partners – Change Food, Foodtank, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Curbing Hunger and the National Association of Health and Fitness, among others.
We’re also excited about some of the new food drive concepts that we’ll be testing out – organic food drives, food drives that reduce food waste and food drives that raise restaurant quality meals.
Over the next six weeks or so, we’ll be working hard to solicit organizations planning their food drives to make them REAL. If you or your organization are thinking about a food drive – contact us. We’ll help you make it better.
It seems like there isn’t a day that goes by without some type of announcement or event that points to the public becoming more conscious of the connection between diet and health. Providing people with a way to help those facing hunger with higher quality food seems like such a no brainer. The size of this campaign is related to that.