Nutrition Plus Program
The Nutrition Plus program by adding poultry, dairy products and, fruits and vegetables has enhanced the nutritional quality of our weekly distribution of non-perishable food items such as canned goods, cereals, and rice.
One of the problems facing America’s poor is poor nutrition. Ironically, many of America’s poor suffer from obesity. Obesity often results from habits of eating fast food, fatty cuts of meat, candy, and snack food. Our aim is to help reinforce the work of nutritionists to help redirect eating habits toward the consumption of leaner meats and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Our 2018 Client Survey indicated:
89.3% felt the addition of fresh fruit and vegetables to their groceries improved their diet.
76.9% now try to buy more fresh fruit and vegetables when they go to the supermarket
76.9% felt the quality of the fresh fruit and vegetables was Excellent or Above Average
We are currently working with the Englewood Community Chest and Englewood Hospital Medical Center in “Partnership for Healthy Eating”, a partnership of volunteers working to educate low income residents about nutritious eating.
Health and Hygiene Program
Items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes are provided weekly. This program helps to defray some of the cost families incur to purchase these items. In our 2018 Client Survey 67.2% felt the Health and Hygiene items they received were Excellent or Above Average
Diapers are given weekly to families with infants under age three.
Our research of the financial impact of diapers on low income families indicates:
Diapers are expensive, costing about $80 per month per child.
44% of families who use diapers are low income families
1 out of 3 families have difficulties affording diapers.
Infants require up to 10 diapers per day
Diapers are not covered under Federal or New Jersey programs.
Families with diaper shortages reported more difficulty with stress management, depression and coping with trauma which can negatively affect a child’s health and development
The cost of diapers on low-income families consumes a large portion of their incomes, forcing them into impossible choices between food, rent, and diapers.
In the 2018 survey, 92% of those with infants registered great concern about the cost of diapers and its impact on their very limited budgets.