Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio joined the Partnership for Healthy Hunger Relief in America (PHA) initiative to further improve the health and wellness of the North Central Ohio region.
Second Harvest will work with Partnership for a Healthier America, the national nonprofit fighting for food equity formed in collaboration with former First Lady Michelle Obama, to fight hunger, malnutrition and chronic disease by increasing offering healthier options and reducing the supply of unhealthy products. options, according to a press release from Second Harvest.
âThe Healthy Hunger Relief (Partnership for a Healthier America’s) partners serve as the foundation of our mission to transform the food landscape in pursuit of food equity,â said Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO of Partnership for a Healthier America. âThrough our collaboration, we are ensuring communities and families across the country have access to healthier, high-quality, culturally relevant and nutritious foods.
Second Harvest, along with 29 other new Healthy Hunger Relief partners, will receive support from the Partnership for a Healthier America to implement a comprehensive nutritional ranking system, developed by experts at Healthy Eating Research, over the next two years. , according to the press release.
In addition, Partnership for a Healthier America will provide technical assistance to help partners understand the nutritional quality of their inventory and make strategic decisions within and between food categories to improve nutritional quality, thereby strengthening equity. food for the communities they serve, the statement said.
Second Harvest received a $ 70,000 grant from the Healthier America Partnership to lay the foundation for implementing a nutritional grading system and to support the distribution of nutritionally dense fresh produce.
âWe are committed to increasing the nutritional value of our foods and incorporating a stronger nutritional philosophy into our operations,â said Julie Chase-Morefield, President and CEO of Second Harvest. âThese grant funds will allow us to put these programs in motion internally and throughout our network of partner associations.
The Healthy Hunger Relief Partnership for America’s Healthiest Initiative is currently working with 28 partners, reaching more than seven million Americans, and has introduced 115 million pounds of healthy food into the emergency food system, while cutting 19 million pounds of low-nutritional foods, the statement said. .