258607 SuperFood Drive: Transforming food banks into nutrition banks

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 8:47 AM - 9:04 AM

Ruthi Solari, CN, MS , SuperFood Drive, SuperFood Drive, Solana Beach, CA
There is increasing attention on overnutrition and obesity rates in the United States, however, malnutrition and food insecurity are of growing concern. In 2011, 13.2% of Americans have fallen below the poverty line, while 15% of Americans were considered food insecure in 2010. Food insecure individuals and households, as defined by FAO2, often rely on emergency food sources including food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens. As food banks become an increasingly integral food source, the nutritional content of distributed foods cannot go unexamined. There is a wealth of evidence linking obesity with lower socio economic groups and linking food insecurity with poorer diets.1 Superfood Drive (SFD), a non-profit organization and grassroots movement, was created to bridge the gap between nutrition and individuals reliant on emergency foods. Objectives: In collaboration with private and public partnerships, SFD operates under a nutrition-banking model that transforms emergency food providers including: food drives, food banks and humanitarian aid, into providers of nutrient dense non-perishable superfoods. SFD's model is changing the history of food banking through efforts such as: the distribution of millions of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, dissemination of innovative and culturally tailored food literacy programs, redefining local food sourcing policies, and increasing the nutritional value of non-perishable, ethnically appropriate foods being distributed to individuals and families. One of the organizations flagship programs is the SuperKids for SuperFoods initiative, a program that educates youth on health and the benefits of nutrient-dense foods, while engaging with them on a community-wide approach to alleviating hunger.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Define a Super Food (foods with highest nutrient density per calorie); 2. Discuss how food banks currently obtain their food (current food procurement); 3. Identify opportunities to help integrate healthier Super Foods into current food banking system; and 4. Name 10 nutrient-dense non-perishable SuperFoods that are best to stock in every pantry. Design your own SuperFood recipe using 5 healthy non-perishables or less.

Keywords: Nutrition, Food Security

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Clinical Nutritionist and community health professional. I am completing a Masters in Mind Body Medicine and Integrative Healthcare. I am presenting some of my work with SuperFood Drive at the World Nutrition Conference in Rio de Janeiro in April 2012.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.