This week on foodpolitics.com I found an interesting post entitled: Survey result: low-income families want to eat healthfully too.
In summary, this post was about a survey sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation. ConAgra’s mission is to “find sustainable solutions to help surround kids with the nourishment they need to flourish.” Chef Sara Moulton works with the organization Cooking Matters, and conducted the “No Kid Hungry Campaign.” The goal of this campaign is to help low-income families increase their access to public food sources and be able to produce meals that are both healthy and inexpensive.
It is a six-week course that teaches shopping strategies, how to plan meals, and efficient cooking. Last year, it worked with 18,000 families! The program teaches families how to fend for themselves at this poor economic time.
The research found: 1) 8 out of 10 low-income families cook at home at least 5 times per week, more if they are poorer. 2) 85% of low-income families consider eating healthy meals to be important and realistic. 3) Low-income families struggle to put healthy meals on the table: food costs and preparation time are big barriers. And 4) Low-income families are eager for cooking and budgeting tips and tools.
This blog has made me question a lot of things. The lower-income families can’t all afford to eat the healthiest foods. Heck, the dollar menu is awful food, but inexpensive. Whereas organic food is a stretch for my family to afford. Why are the healthiest foods the most expensive?
This organization is so important so that the lower-class families can learn how to make healthy foods on a low budget. This is the future for America’s health.