|Tiara Morris and her daughter purchase some fresh vegetables from farmer Daryl DeGrandchamp during a South Side Farmers Market July 2016. Morris doubled her buying power with WIC and SNAP by buying at a HEAL Farm Market.|
HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living)
We know all people need quality, nutritional food to lead a full, active, healthy life. However, Allen County residents living in communities without nearby grocery stores and/or affordable farm stands face challenges in accessing quality, affordable food and in knowing how to include it in their diet.
In Allen County, there are 53,890 residents identified as food insecure (15%), with 54% of this population eligible for WIC and SNAP nutritional assistance. Of the 53,890, approximately 21% are children under the age of 18 (feedingamerica.org). According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the health of a community is driven by environment and zip code. HEAL was created as a jointly-funded collaboration between Parkview Health and the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to address the stated issues and improve health outcomes in Allen County.
HEAL addresses food access and education through three key programs:
To learn more about HEAL, click on the HEAL logo to watch our HEAL Video: