Food Distributed by Mid-South Food Bank is High Nutritious Value
If you only had $1.48 to spend on a meal, would you buy 1 head of lettuce or 3 boxes of macaroni and cheese? For thousands in the Mid-South, that’s a weekly choice. The average monthly SNAP ( food stamps) benefit per person in Tennessee is $132.20, which works out to roughly $4.41 per person per day, or $1.48 per meal. For a household, the monthly SNAP benefit is $271.50 to help feed a family with a limited budget. That's why fresh produce and other healthy food often are left out of the grocery shopping.
Mid-South Food Bank works to expand access to healthy foods for Mid-Southerners in need by distributing high nutrition value food, like fresh produce, lean protein, no- and low-sodium canned vegetables and canned fruit in no-sugar juice.
Lots of fresh produce is distributed through the Mobile Pantry. The Food Bank's Mobile Pantry brings truckloads of food to be distributed directly to households and is a primary source of fresh fruit and vegetables. A Mobile Pantry distributes as much as 30,000 pounds of food at each visit, much of it fresh produce.
Fresh produce for kids. The Kids Cafe program and Food for Kids BackPack Program also benefit from available fresh produce. Kids Cafes serve kids nutritious hot meals and the BackPack Program gives kids wholesome nonperishable food to take home on the weekend. But both programs also give participating children bags of fresh produce to take home and share with the family.
Fresh produce is also available to all our Partner Agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and more.
Hunger is a health issue.
Obesity is a often marker for poor nutrition. It is not simply that people eat too much, but that the food they have access to is not nutritionally complete. Poor nutrition can also lead to increased rates of diabetes and other diseases. Kids who aren’t eating well have trouble concentrating and behaving in school. For seniors, the choice is sometimes medicine, transportation to a doctor, or healthy food.
In the Mid-South, 20% of the population struggles with hunger and food insecurity. Food insecurity means that you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. People in need make use of food pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies supported by Mid-South Food Bank to fill the gap. We serves 31 counties in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi through 300 partner agencies. Our service area includes some of the highest rates of food insecurity in the county.