Food drives are one of the most popular forms of giving in the United States. People make billions of food drive donations each year to help more than 42 million Americans facing hunger.
The good news
The not so good news
Some of the food donated through food drives isn’t as helpful as you might think. In fact, some of it can actually hurt people facing hunger.
- People facing hunger face a disproportionately high risk of diet-related disease, such as obesity, type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Traditional food drives are often limited to non-perishable food donations. While non-perishable items can be healthy, they are often highly processed and include ingredients harmful to people living with diet-related disease.
It’s important people struggling with these issues have access to nutritious foods – like fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy – that will help them improve their health and wellbeing.
#GiveHealthy is a movement to change how and what people donate. #GiveHealthy enables people to donate fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food by making it easy, fun, social and environmentally friendly. We help ensure that the food you donate makes the biggest impact for people in need.
There are lots of people and organizations doing great work to increase access to healthy food. #GiveHealthy is banding them together to achieve a measurable goal: that people donate more healthy food to food drives, so that people facing hunger have greater access to the nutrition they need to live active, healthy lives.