The nutrition of all children and seniors in York County is improved through healthy food and improved eating habits.
Promote improved childhood nutrition for health, learning, and school success:
Children with access to healthy nutritious foods perform better on tests, are more focused in class, behave better, are absent less, and have higher self-esteem. Their overall cognitive performance is improved as demonstrated through their levels of alertness, attention, memory and problem-solving skills.
Many children are consuming diets high in calories but low in nutrients, which can leave them overweight and undernourished. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, making early intervention on adopting healthy patterns of nutrition and physical activity behaviors a priority.
Promote improved nutrition for seniors to maintain health and independence:
Seniors with access to healthy nutritious foods are more likely to live longer, healthier lives.
Food insecure seniors have lower nutrient intakes and are more likely to suffer from a wide array of health outcomes.
Access to food for seniors can be difficult due to a lack of transportation, income limitation, functional or cognitive limitation, or health problems.
Develop an advocacy strategy focused on hunger prevention:
Provide clear and informed messages to key stakeholders and community members to support the efforts around hunger prevention to generate positive outcomes for individuals, families, and the community as a whole.