Links to Resources that Inform Our Work
Hunger and Food Insecurity is a complex issue, and we’re regularly scanning the environment for new tools and resources we can use to inform our work.
While by no means an exhaustive list, we routinely reach out to the following organizations as we continue to enhance our services:
- To continue incorporating the latest best practices in hunger relief industry and keep up with innovations in the field, we regularly connect with:
- El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, our region’s premier hunger relief agency. They are affiliated with and provide food for hundreds of local pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the community.
- Feeding Texas, an organization leading a unified effort for a hunger free Texas.
- Feeding America, an organization leading a unified effort for a hunger free America.
- Food Bank News, a publication dedicated to advancing the best practices in hunger relief.
- And we refer back to a book in which Kelly was profiled titled: Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries:
In the US, there is a wide-ranging network of at least 370 food banks, and more than 60,000 hunger relief organizations who provide billions of meals a year to people in need. And yet hunger still affects one in nine Americans. What are we doing wrong?
To connect our clients with all the local partners who could assist them with their needs, we regularly engage with:
- 2-1-1 Texas, a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community.
- And we’re regularly performing environmental scans in El Paso looking to augment our current set of Community Partners.
To continue to educate our clients on healthy eating and the relationships between food and disease prevention, we use resources from:
- MyPlate.gov, from the US Department of Agriculture – provides education on healthy eating including nutrition education and recipes.
- Eat Right.org, from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – offers a breakdown of the MyPlate dietary guidelines, a nutrition question of the day, and an easy guide to understanding food labels.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a US Government website– offers resources for the nutritional needs of Americans at every age.
- Nutrition.gov, from the US Department of Agriculture – provides additional information on making healthy eating choices.
- 10 Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth, from Byte – provides additional information on the relationship between healthy eating and dental health.
And because we recognize that hunger and food insecurity are tied to income, we engage with a variety of resources to help individuals obtain employment including: