For many people struggling with hunger, nutrition comes second to simply feeding their families.
People often stretch their budgets by buyer cheaper, processed foods that might be filling but offer little nutritional value. Many low-income neighborhoods don't have supermarkets, either, making it even harder to buy fresh, healthy food.
And that has long-term consequences for every member of a family. Hunger increases a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes, even obesity. For children, hunger is especially devastating, jeopardizing their health and development and robbing them of the ability to reach their full potential.
With the help of Global Giving supporters, the Coalition Against Hunger is working to change that. Every day, our organization strives to ensure all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives.
In the past few months alone, the Coalition has:
- Created an urban garden just a few blocks from our office, working with community residents to revitalize a long-neglected neighborhood in North Philadelphia. All the vegetables we harvest—zucchini, collard greens, tomatoes and more—will go to a local food pantry that helps low-income families in the area.
- Presented a series of free nutrition workshops titled “Eating Healthy on a Budget” for dozens of families in some of Philadelphia’s highest-need areas. Attendees learn quick and easy tips for planning and preparing healthy, affordable and delicious meals.
- Equipped food pantries with refrigerators to properly store fresh produce to distribute to their clients.
- Urged Congress to protect federal nutrition programs that keep millions of Americans from going hungry every day. Over the next year, we’ll continue to press elected officials to safeguard vital programs like WIC and SNAP (formerly food stamps), which will feed 1 in 2 U.S. children.
None of this work would be possible without dedicated supporters like you.
As always, thank you for your continued commitment to fighting hunger in our communities.