Community Solidarity is the healthiest hunger relief organization in the country! While produce makes up 8% of what average American soup kitchens and food pantries distribute, at Community Solidarity produce makes up 51-76% of what we share (depending on season). The rest of what we share are items like whole grain bread, organic unprocessed grocery items, and perishable items without chemical preservatives.
The volunteers at Community Solidarity are health nerds. We monitor over 300 nutritional metrics for all the foods we share 24/7. This means we know exactly how much Iron, or Protein, of Fat we are bringing to the communities we work in. Monitoring what we share allows us to measure the health effects we have on the communities we help, and those effects are huge!
Many of the areas we work in are considered food deserts, these are areas where nutritious groceries are unavailable and fast food or junk food items are readily available. As a result, public health problems like diabetes, heart diseases, obesity, ADHD, and cancer are much greater in these communities. By sharing healthy plant-based groceries in these areas Community Solidarity is not just alleviating hunger, we're improving and saving lives.
Every week in 2016 over 5.3 thousand people had all their total weekly nutritional needs met by Community Solidarity and our Food Shares. These are people who now have a substantially reduced risk for a variety of health problems. Your donations can help us help even more in 2017.