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.
September MyPlate Monthly: Healthy Snacks
September MyPlate Food-of-the-Month: Trial Mix, Dried Fruit & Graham Crackers
Healthy Snacks Tagline: Choose healthy snacks for on-the-go and between meals.
Healthy Snacks Nutrition Information:
- Healthy foods in this category include dried fruit, nuts and seeds, trail mix, whole-wheat crackers or graham crackers.
- Healthy snacks are important because they carry us from one meal to the next and help keep us energized throughout the day.
- Choose snacks that are low in fat, sugar and sodium. Be sure to include whole grains whenever possible!
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.
Healthy Snacks are especially important for children who are heading back to school this fall to learn and grow. Distributing these snacks to the Hunger Task Force network is crucial to getting kids everywhere the energy they need to get them from one meal to the next. Donating healthy snacks to Hunger Task Force is important so that it reaches hungry children and families in Milwaukee; not nearly enough of it gets donated. Of the 1,560,174 of food donated in 2016, only 2.4% of these items were healthy snacks.
Throughout the month of September, please donate trail mix, dried fruit or graham crackers, or make a cash donation to help support a bulk purchase of snacks. 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.
Hundreds of boxes of healthy snacks are distributed to the Hunger Task Force network costs approximately $42. You can make a difference! A donation of just $30 buys 10 boxes of graham crackers, and a donation of $42 buys an entire box of snacks!