Resources - Nutrition Information

Food shelf image Good nutrition is important for everyone. Healthful diets help children grow, develop, and do well in school. They enable people of all ages to work productively and feel their best. Eating right can reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol. Further, a daily healthy diet will reduce the risk of chronic disease such as heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis.

Proper nutrition requires an appropriate amount of energy and nutrients. Many people in the US consume energy surpassing their body needs. This can lead to obesity which is a risk factor for many diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It is important to remember that, although an overweight person may be getting more energy than needed, he or she may not be getting all of the necessary nutrients.

Eating a daily diet that includes adequate amounts of bread, cereal, grain, rice, pasta, vegetables, and fruit, with limited levels of fat, can promote health and reduce the risk of developing certain chronic diseases. You can help the people who use your pantry or meal program to be healthier by providing nutritious foods.

But what foods should you provide and in what quantity? Nutritional needs change throughout the life cycle. The amount of energy and specific nutrients required will vary based on age, gender, activity level, and overall health of your clients. Moreover, the dietary preferences of the United States' population varies widely based on cultural diversity, religious and regional differences, and personal preferences.

How can a food pantry or meal program satisfy the nutritional needs of a diverse clientele with a limited and uncertain food supply? The following information and fact sheets will provide background and suggestions to help you maximize the nutritional value and usefulness of the foods you provide to your clients.

Nutritional Needs Through the Life Cycle


USDA-MyPlate


Nutrition Education


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