Health & Nutrition
Our partnerships with area farms, farmers markets, and the Capital Area Food Bank have allowed us to meet a growing need and also provide better quality, nutritious fresh foods to the people who need it most. We also serve the fresh food to the children in our educational programs, as part of a balanced, nutritious, meal plan that is prepared in accordance with the Office of the State Superintendant of Education (OSSE) standards.
This year, we will be implementing some changes to our Food Programs to focus on promoting nutrition and fighting obesity, a growing problem that plagues low-income families in the United States. We plan on changing McKenna’s Wagon to modify our menu from sandwiches to hot prepared meals made from scratch using fresh ingredients and adding nutritional value to the meals that we serve. As a part of our Healthier McKenna’s Wagon Initiative, we have made it a goal to find a permanent, sustainable alternative to the desserts that we currently hand out. We have begun this transition by including fresh fruits and vegetables on our mobile soup kitchen and in the grocery bags we hand out. This will allow us to have a greater impact on the health and lifestyles of those that we serve, by providing healthier food options.
Follow the Food Donations link to find out how you can donate fresh food and special dishes.