About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity.
These include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and poor bone health. More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese.
Trends in food intake show that Americans are not consuming healthy eating patterns.
At the Mission, we try and provide the most nutritious meals that we are able to using the resources that have been donated, rescued, harvested or bought.
Soup kitchen meals consist of a protein dish, fresh or canned vegetable and rounded out with a bread item, dessert or fruit, depending upon what we have available.
For drinks we usually have a choice of water, milk or juice.
In our food pantry bags we try and provide a protein item like peanut butter or tuna fish, a fruit, vegetable, pasta, beans and staple items like rice, pinto beans, oatmeal, flour, sugar and milk.
Sometimes it is a challenge to provide a completely balanced meal or to have fresh produce, but over the course of the week we do pretty good.
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