Both of my daughters' schools have held holiday food drives lately, and it makes my children and me feel good to walk through the aisles of the supermarket and pick out canned goods for families who need them. (Our go-to donations: big jars of peanut butter, 4-packs of tuna, canned soup and chili.) I also appreciate the opportunity to remind my children that there are kids right in our own town who may not have enough to eat.
But I've learned recently that I could be selecting much more nutritious picks. I fully admit that I didn't equate "food bank" with "healthy food." And I had no idea that the organization SuperFood Drive exists. Its goal: to transform every food drive into an opportunity to collect healthy, nourishing food for those in need, helping reduce the rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more--all of which are too high among the impoverished families who often rely on food banks. I cringed when I read on SuperFood Drive's site: "It is unjust to 'help' people in need with provisions that promote disease instead of prevent it."
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