HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Based on Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 survey, people who receive help from food banks:

0%
Have "fair" or "poor" health
0%
Live in a household that has at least one member with diabetes
0%
Have unpaid medical bills
0%
Have had to choose between buying food and paying for medicine

Not everyone can say with certainty that they will have food for their next meal. Sadly, that’s the case for the more than 200,000 Idahoans who are food insecure. The Idaho Foodbank is working in collaboration with healthcare partners to make it easier for Idahoans who are food insecure and have health issues to get the food they need to promote better health.

Healthy Food Tips and Recipes

New Year Nutrition: Do It for the Health of It

New Year’s resolutions? Some are great and others could use some tweaking. If you are excited to start your new diet this year, let me give you some reasons to rethink this and some tips to make healthy changes in the New Year that have nothing to do with your weight along with some new recipes!

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Healthy Holidays – Tips and Recipes

Whatever a healthy holiday season means for you, The Idaho Foodbank’s team of nutritionists and dietitians are excited to share their favorite tips, tricks and tidbits of knowledge to help make your winter months happy and healthy.

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Plum Quinoa Smoothie

Rushed for time in the morning? No worries. Thanks to all the beautiful stone fruits that are in season, this smoothie makes a delicious, protein-packed, super-easy breakfast!

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Jicama Lime Salad Recipe

As families prepare for kids to head back to school, they’re still doing what they can keep things cool and simple. If that sounds good to you, you’ll love the simplicity (six ingredients!) and preparation (no heat!) of this salad.

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The Season of Leafy Greens

The darker the leaves, the more nutrient-rich the lettuce. Summer is almost here and we have some tasty tips for spicing up your salad and enjoying those healthy greens.

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Stocking Up On Healthy Choices

The Idaho Foodbank is the state’s largest distributor of free food assistance and it’s currently working on increasing access to more nutritious food. In an effort to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables to children and their families, The Foodbank’s fresh produce pilot will supplement the food already provided through the Backpack and School Pantry […]

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Partnering for a Healthier Community

Community Health Screenings

The Idaho Foodbank is now working in collaboration with healthcare partners to make it easier for Idahoans who are food insecure and have health issues to get the food they need to promote better health.

In July of 2016 the Idaho Medical Association, with sponsorship by the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, and support from the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics passed a resolution that recognizes hunger as a social determinant of health. The resolution also acknowledges The Idaho Foodbank as an important healthcare partner. Since this resolution was passed, healthcare professionals across Idaho have been encouraged to include hunger-related questions in patient screenings and offer the pantry referrals to those who need food assistance. This is an important step towards a healthier Idaho.

Screen and Refer

Participating healthcare organizations such as community clinics include food insecurity questions in their patient screening. If the need for food is indicated, the patient is referred to a local food pantry. Healthcare organizations with the physical space can provide their own food pantry on site.

Additional Information

Thank You to the Following Organizations

  • Ada County Central Health District
  • AMEN
  • Boy and Girls Club of Magic Valley
  • Genesis Community Health
  • Idaho Medical Association
  • Idaho State University
  • Share Our Strength Cooking Matters
  • Southwest Health District
  • St. Luke’s
  • Women Infants and Children’s (WIC)