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A Fresh Approach to Food Feeds a Healthy Heart

June 7th, 2018Events, Stories

On Friday, June 8, 2018, staff at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region will be going red and showing support for RedDAY, an annual event that raises awareness about the serious risk of heart disease in women and prevention.

Each year, heart disease claims the lives of nearly 25,000 Canadian women. And while there are a number of factors that impact your heart health, the type of food you eat and have access to plays a tremendous role.

The reality is, not everyone is able to put fresh, healthy and nutritious food on the table. In Waterloo Region, 1 in 20 households are in need of food assistance.

For many families and individuals living in food-insecure situations, fixed expenses – such as rent and heat – become a priority over fresh fruits and vegetables. This often leads to nutrient inadequacies and poorer diets (lower intake of fresh produce and milk products) which can lead to health concerns, such as heart disease.

Every day, we work with more than 100 agencies and community programs to distribute safe, healthy and nutritious foods – including non-perishable, fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat – to ensure a healthy, vibrant community.

One way we continue to evolve and grow is through our Fresh Approaches Program, a food distribution program with the goal to increase the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat products available to those in our community who are struggling with hunger. This includes the opening of our new, on-site food processing facility which will increase the variety, quantity and quality of fresh, healthy food available to those in our community.

How Can You Help?

If you are giving a food donation, please be mindful of the type of items you are putting in the donation bin and select items that support a healthy lifestyle, such as low sodium and protein rich foods. If you are unsure of the type of non-perishable items to purchase, you can make a financial donation or learn more about our Most Needed Food Items.