Promoting Nutrition

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Promoting Nutrition

Children and seniors are especially at risk when they experience hunger. Children experiencing food insecurity are more likely to suffer from poor cognitive development, increased illness, lower educational achievement, and higher hospitalization rates. Seniors experiencing food insecurity are more likely to suffer from deteriorating mental and physical health, extended hospital stays, and poor overall health status.

We seek to promote improved child and senior nutrition not only through our own food programs, but also through education and outreach with policymakers, media, public and private stakeholders, and the general public. We support existing programs through:

  • Advocating at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Planning and hosting special events to strengthen the efforts of program providers
  • Leveraging resources to build the capacity of programs and program providers

Recent and Upcoming Special Events

We held Ohio’s seventh annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Summit on February 12, 2018 in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education Office for Child Nutrition. About 250 providers and partners from throughout Ohio were there to learn from industry experts and share their own best practices for safe and effective programs. View and download resources from the summit.