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 51,830 residents identified as food insecure (14.3%), with 54% of this population eligible for WIC and SNAP nutritional assistance. Of the 51,830, approximately 19% 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:

 

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