MyPlate Monthly & Food of the Month
MyPlate Monthly aims to bring education and awareness to a specific Hunger Task Force MyPlate food category each month. It’s an education tool that can help you answer the questions, “How can I help support Hunger Task Force?” or give ideas about which foods to donate from the grocery store.
August MyPlate Monthly: Fruit
August MyPlate Food-of-the-Month: Canned Peaches in 100% Juice
Fruits Tagline: Fill ½ your plate with fruits & vegetables at every meal.
Fruits Nutrition Information:
• Healthy foods in this category include fruits canned in 100% juice like peaches or pears, fresh apples or bananas, 100% fruit juice like grape or apple, and frozen fruits like strawberries or blueberries.
• Fruits are a good source of nutrients that most people don’t get enough of, like folate, fiber, vitamin C and potassium. They are important for general health and well-being.
• Fruits are cholesterol-free! Several veggies are naturally low in calories, fat and sodium.
• Fructose is the natural sugar that makes fruit sweet. Eat fruits canned in 100% juice and drink “100% fruit juice,” while avoiding fruits canned in heavy syrup or juice with added sugar.
Did you know?
Donated fruit is crucial to the Hunger Task Force network, and not nearly enough of it gets donated. Only 7.2% of all food donated to Hunger Task Force in 2016 was canned fruit, which allows children to intake real, natural sugar found in fruit and helps combat public health crises, like high blood pressure and heart disease. Under MyPlate’s healthy eating model, adults and children alike should consume two servings of fruit per day, but more than 75% of Americans don’t get enough.
Throughout the month of August, please donate canned peaches in 100% juice or its own juice, or make a cash donation to help support a bulk purchase of peaches. Through our statewide partnerships with farmers, grocers and distributors, your monetary donations can make an impact and have the ability to help us buy large quantities of food at reduced bulk pricing. Hunger Task Force has resources to maximize monetary donations that help support both farmers and families in need.
A full truckload of canned peaches in 100% juice for our network costs $28,000, but you can make a difference! A donation of just $25 buys 36 cans of peaches in 100% juice.
Click the button below to help purchase Canned Peaches in 100% Juice this month!