Healthy Food for All

Healthy Food for All

This month Kohl’s announced a $750,000 donation to support Hunger Task Force’s adoption of the USDA MyPlate model for healthy eating. The money will allow Hunger Task Force to purchase nearly 700,000 pounds of food to help put a dent in the area’s food hardship rate.

In Wisconsin, more than 20 percent of children are affected by food insecurity, meaning that their household does not earn enough income to support a healthy diet. Sadly, some of the highest food hardship rates are among our neighbors in Milwaukee County. If you or someone you know needs help, visit https://www.hungertaskforce.org/get-help-now/. If you are in need of emergency food, call 2-1-1 to find the closest food bank.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, food insecurity is linked to poor health, increased risk of chronic disease, impaired cognitive functioning, and substandard academic achievement. As the first food bank in the country to embrace a healthy food model, Hunger Task Force is not only working to prevent complications associated with malnutrition, they’re setting a new standard for food banks in the United States.

To help support their mission, consider hosting a healthy food drive through your work, school, or church. You can register your food drive by clicking here. Below is a list of preferred items for the healthy MyPlate model, and remember, peanut butter is always in high demand.

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Whole Grains
Brown rice
Oatmeal
Cereal without added sugar
Multigrain pasta

Protein
Chicken, canned
Tuna, canned, packed in water
Peanut butter
Beans, canned or dried, low sodium

Vegetables
Green beans, canned, low sodium
Corn, canned, low sodium
Tomatoes, canned, low sodium
Spaghetti sauce

Fruit
Peaches, canned in own juice or 100% fruit juice
Pears, canned in own juice or 100% fruit juice
Pineapple, canned in own juice or 100% fruit juice
100% fruit juice

Dairy
Skim milk, boxed or powdered
1% fat milk, boxed or powdered
Almond milk, boxed
Soy milk, boxed

On-the-Go Snacks
Granola
Nuts and seeds
Breakfast bars
Graham Crackers

Fresh
Drop off your fresh fruits, veggies, meat, and dairy at Dock 1 at Hunger Task Force, 201 S. Hawley Ct., 8:30 – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Or, make a monetary donation at HungerTaskForce.org and they’ll purchase fresh items for you.

Slow Food
In addition to delivering nonperishable goods, Hunger Task Force has made great strides to supply the community with farm-fresh food. Check out this short video on the Hunger Task Force Farm.

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Heather Ray
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Heather Ray is a registered dietitian and Milwaukee-based freelance writer. As the former editor of Healthy Cooking magazine for Reader’s Digest, she claims to eat healthy 80 percent of the time, reserving 20 percent for ground cherry pie.

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