Identifying and Filling the “Nutrient” Gap
Food pantries play a crucial part in the hunger solution by providing essentials for those struggling with food insecurity. Food pantries often provide shelf-stable foods, like pasta, rice and canned items which are often only available for pickup from a single location. Shelf-stable foods however, are only a small part of the hunger solution.
Since the beginning, Hillside recognized a nutrient gap that was created by the food pantry model and the impact of this gap on the health impact of the individual. Without the addition of nutritious, vitamin-rich fresh fruits and vegetables to the diet, those suffering from food insecurity cannot thrive.
At its core, HFO is still considered a food pantry, however, our infrastructure, mission and model have evolved far beyond the traditional definition of a food pantry in order to meet the needs of these underserved community members. By utilizing a “nutrition-delivered-direct” model, combined with a team of over 300 trained and committed volunteers, individuals and families are eating healthier, better managing their chronic illnesses, feeling more connected to the community, feeling valued and more hopeful in general.
Today, HFO has grown into a critical, high quality food-to-client delivery organization focused on meeting the personalized nutritional needs of more than 1800 low income individuals each month. With your ongoing support, HFO will continue our mission to serve those in need. We welcome you and hope you will join us in helping our neighbors.