COMMUNITY FEEDING PROGRAMS
The cost of nutritious foods and access to fresh fruits and vegetables are common barriers to healthy eating habits for Idaho’s children. The United Way Treasure Valley Community Assessment (2017) found a strong correlation between childhood obesity, food insecurity, and income as key factors for lifelong health challenges. Food security affects children the most as inadequate nourishment greatly impacts children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, and can adversely affect academic performance. The CDC estimates 11% of children ages 2-4 receiving WIC benefits are obese and 15% are overweight (2014). The Idaho Food Bank reports 1 in 6 Idaho kids experience food insecurity (15.6% of kids in Ada County and 18.5% of kids in Canyon County). Families experiencing food insecurity often must choose between purchasing basic necessities, such as housing, medical, or even hygiene supplies, over nutrient-rich foods. Food deserts contribute to food insecurity, as families are unable to access grocery stores and fresh produce and instead, often rely on convenience stores and highly processed foods with longer shelf lives.
Weekly lunches provided to families with Family Advocates
80 lunches sent to the WICAP Youth Program in June
3,600 meals to Nampa Salvation Army
Fed quarantined shelter residents 3 meals daily on weekends
WCA day care snack packs