Access to fresh, affordable food is a building block for good nutrition and good health. People who have more access to supermarkets and farmer’s markets and a limited access to fast food restaurants have a tendency to eat healthier diets and have increased food security. Access is not always simple and sometimes not even possible for many people. High rates of disease, low-income levels, and poor access to nutritious food are common problems in America. Even when the food is available, it is not always affordable.
Following are links to assistance in acquiring nutritious foods.
The Food Access in Colorado report for November 2009 is a downloadable PDF with lots of information on food security and affordability. It shares information on chronic disease and obesity, as well as community gardening and food access programs in Colorado and other states.
The supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to the States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. It is set up to help infants and children up to age five who are at risk for nutritional disparity.
President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Program, established under the National School Lunch Act, in 1946. The program is federally assisted and helps provide meals to children in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches and parents can sign-up for the program when they enroll their child into school and into some daycare programs.