What is Food Security?
Food security is the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
The mental and physical effects of food insecurity are devastating. Food insecurity can lead to anxiety and aggression, cognitive delays, and increases a child’s risk for nutrient deficiencies. Prolonged exposure to food insecurity can decrease a child’s iron intake by 2% leading to anemia (low red blood cells to carry oxygen within the body). Food insecure mothers are 2% more likely to develop mental health issues than their food-secure counterparts.
Food insecurity is an adverse childhood experience (ACE) and there is a powerful, persistent correlation between the more ACEs experienced and the greater the chance of poor outcomes later in life, including dramatically increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, substance abuse, smoking, poor academic achievement, time out of work, and early death.
Snacks in Backpacks
The much needed supplemental food provided by our program is minimally processed, fresh, nutritionally dense, and important to the health and welfare of food-insecure children.
Weekend backpack programs are at the forefront of assisting food-insecure kids to be well-fed through the weekend. In these backpacks distributed on Friday afternoons, kids take home snacks and entrees they can prepare themselves. After state funding was cut for the program in Park City, the Christian Center of Park City (CCPC) took it on. EATS collaborates with CCPC to add kid-approved fruits and minimally processed snacks to the backpacks.
Opt-in Supplemental Food Assistance Program
Our food security work allows community members to bring delicious food into their homes that can pique their interest around transforming their diets.
A new addition to our food security efforts, EATS’ opt-in supplemental food assistance program allows community members to opt-in to receiving additional healthy snacks for themselves and their families. Community members are able to select from a range of healthy snacks that will be packed and delivered directly to their homes by an EATS staff member at the end of the week. In providing these resources, we also get to know our community members, their interests, relationships with food, and any self-identified food gaps so we can better understand how to serve our community.
To learn more about opting into our Supplemental Food Assistance Program, or to volunteer, please email email@example.com.