Think Before You Donate Reaches Millions
This fall, we launched our Think Before You Donate campaign to change the way Americans think about food drives. We’ve reached millions of people with this important message: food is a kind of medicine that we can extend to our neighbors with donations of healthy non-perishables. Our op-ed on the topic was published by more than 24 media outlets, including Newsday. Another news release, together with our social media posts, reached millions of others, all in the name of increasing public awareness.
One in seven Americans relies on the donations we make to food drives, which are then distributed in soup kitchens and food pantries. But ironically, people who are food insecure are often plagued with health problems that result from a lack of access to healthy food. including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
We can promote health and save lives by giving . . .
Lean proteins such as tuna or chicken in water, or legumes
Whole grain pasta or cereals, brown rice
No sugar added fruits
Low sodium veggies