Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.
Children living in poverty are suffering from obesity and malnutrition at the same time. Children are getting calories but not nutrition. Inexpensive foods are full of empty calories that do nothing to nourish young bodies and brains. Poverty looks like a tired, overweight, hungry child…Poverty looks like pain.”
That’s why I was glad to hear about this study from Yale that shows food banks are addressing obesity with nutrition-related policies. Marlene Schwartz, senior author and deputy director of the Rudd Center was quoted.
For those who struggle to put food on the table it is not just about too few calories, it is also about not having access to healthy foods and adequate nutrition. In response, leading food banks across the country have adapted to strategically promote healthier foods and beverages.
While big steps are certainly needed to address poverty, each of us can help alleviate some of the pain with small steps.
- Donate healthier, less processed food or money to buy fresh produce to your local food bank
- Serve water and fruit at school celebrations instead of cake and sugary drinks
- Ask your PTA and booster clubs to switch to healthy fundraisers like jog-a-thons and citrus sales instead of candy and cookie dough
- Don’t use food as a reward which can contribute to disordered eating
- Support a community garden
- Share your cooking skills with someone who does not know how