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Healthy Food Bank Hub


Healthy Food Bank Hub
The Healthy Food Bank Hub supports efforts to increase access to healthful foods (e.g., whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat and fat-free dairy, lean proteins and water) and promote nutrition and wellness throughout the Feeding America network. The Hub provides a platform to share pertinent information, strategies and tools while also showcasing innovative and promising practices that help connect efforts around hunger-relief, nutrition, and health.

Food Insecurity / Food Banking Supervised Practice Concentration
Twenty-three dietetic internship programs piloted tested a new Food Insecurity/Food Banking Supervised Practice Concentration, and it’s now available to all educators! The activities were developed as part of the Academy Foundation’s Future of Food initiative, with a development team of dietetic educators and registered dietician nutritionists (RDNs) from the Feeding America Network. Any of the activities can be used as stand-alone experiences, but the full concentration includes 12 activities to be completed within 120 practice hours. The activities are designed to help interns develop the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry level RDN position in a food bank, and provide the intern with experiences in nutrition education, food bank management, and food systems. The concentration was made possible through an educational grant from National Dairy Council to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

A How-To Guide: Nudges
Feeding America has been working with Cornell University on evidence based nutrition education strategies to help increase the consumption of healthy foods by those served across the nation. This resource discusses how small environmental cues or changes in one’s environment, known as “Nudges, can make an impact on food choices and, ultimately, health. This document acts as a how-to guide on utilizing low cost distribution methods for food bank and agency members. Within this toolkit you will find ways to create a strategy that fits a food bank or food pantry’s needs to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.