With Gratitude and Growth PHA’s Impact on Food Equity in 2021
I often note we now have what I refer to as "the burden of knowledge," the big responsibility that comes with a deeper understanding of food’s ability to build or destroy health. We are also aware of inequity in our country, especially when it comes to food. Some have access to the healthy, sustainable, beautiful foods that we know contribute to wellbeing, while others simply do not.
PHA has committed to providing 50 million servings of vegetables and fruits to families in disadvantaged communities by 2025.
We are together in this movement to close and fill the gaps in our food system. I trust that you, like I, believe that all families living in every zip code across the United States should have affordable access to healthy, sustainable food.
Our 2021 Impact Report will highlight just some of the ways you’ve supported our work and empowered communities across the country as we strive together for food equity. Grateful cannot begin to describe the way I feel about your support. So please, take the time to be inspired by what we’ve accomplished together. And I hope you’ll stay with us on this journey toward a deeper understanding of the many barriers to food equity, as we make steady, dogged progress toward that equity.
Nancy E. Roman
President and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
Healthy Hunger Relief
Doubling Our Reach to more than 14 Million Americans
When we began our work with food banks in 2016 — our Healthy Hunger Relief program — we knew from experience that emergency food assistance was the first line of defense against hunger. We were also uniquely positioned to assist food banks in getting the bad food off their shelves and the good food in.
Since we launched our work with food banks…
Our partners get tailored support to implement a comprehensive nutrition ranking system and over time, provide healthier, high-quality, culturally relevant, and nutritious foods in their communities.
Thanks to this support from PHA, we’ll have the ability to purchase even more of the healthy, fresh foods that nourish body and spirit, and also introduce a food ranking system to help make choosing wholesome food options incredibly easy.— Carmen Cumberland, President and CEO of Community Harvest Food Bank
Healthy Hunger Relief Partners
Veggies Early & Often
Helping Families Raise Adventurous Eaters
During the critical early years, kids need access to real vegetables, and parents and caregivers need the techniques to introduce them in a way that encourages healthy, adventurous eating for a lifetime. That’s why PHA created Veggies Early & Often in 2021.
Working with early childhood education providers, medical professionals and baby and toddler food makers, we’re getting more real veggies into the foods young children eat and giving families the tools and information they need to build lasting healthy eating habits.
It Takes a Village
Our first step in creating meaningful change for early eaters was to look at the evidence and bring the experts together. We learned a lot. We also briefed more than 16,000 people throughout 2021 on the positive, science based messages from our research.
We all want our little ones to be healthy and introducing them to veggies early and often helps them to build a strong foundation for eating healthy meals throughout life.— Dr. Caree Cotwright, PhD, RDN, LD, University of Georgia
We are honored to work with so many experts to share hands-on information with parents, pediatricians, and early childhood educators to make sure this generation gets a strong start to a lifetime of healthy eating.— Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, Founder and Director, The Dr. Yum Project
We are deeply committed to shifting the paradigm in both the home and marketplace through PHA’s Veggies Early & Often campaign and as inaugural partners of their Shaping Early Palates initiative.— Katie Thomson MS, RD, Co-Founder and CEO of Square Baby
Committing to Change
PHA is proud to partner with 12 companies to introduce a new standard for vegetable offerings in the baby and toddler marketplace using PHA’s Veggies Early & Often guidelines. PHA’s icon helps parents and caregivers differentiate veggie-forward products from products that do not deliver on their veggie promise.
On Our Way to 1 Million Meals
Launched in partnership with Michelle Obama, and the Netflix show Waffles + Mochi, an innovative meal kit program that provides families with ingredients and recipes to prepare and enjoy delicious meals at home. Each kit has all the ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes for a family of 4 to make 3 meals a week. They are designed to compete with fast food by being quick, easy and delicious.
I just wish I could get this kind of meal box all the time. It's so much better than what we can normally get.— Denise K., Philadelphia participant
Thanks to You We’re Almost There
As we get ready to launch Pass the Love in our 5th city, we’re closing in on our 1 millionth meal. Together with our partners, we’ve made a real difference for families across the U.S.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
We’re grateful to the sponsors that have helped make Pass the Love possible.