Food Banks: More Than Just Canned Soup

Nov 12, 2012, 12:30 PM

Chef directs coworker where to put cooking supplies. Palladia kitchen in the Bronx, where Craig Farrow (pictured) works as a cook for Project Renewal

Food banks have been front and center in the news since Hurricane Sandy as resources for shelf-stable food for people without power. But a recent article in the New York Times says the increased attention on the vital assistance the banks are providing right now, is a good opportunity to showcase the many other services they provide, storm or not, including:

  • providing fresh produce (some the banks grow fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables themselves)
  • nutrition education classes
  • cooking demonstrations
  • advocacy for ending hunger
  • feeding children during non-school hours
  • education about food stamps, now known as SNAP.

>>Read the full New York Times article.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.