Improving Access to Healthy Foods

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, affordability is an obstacle to eating healthier for many people.
“A 2013 study by researchers at Harvard and Brown universities estimated that a healthful diet costs about $550 a year more per person than an unhealthy one. ‘For many low-income families, this additional cost represents a genuine barrier to healthier eating,’ the authors concluded. ‘Yet, this daily price difference is trivial in comparison with the lifetime personal and societal financial burdens of diet-related chronic diseases.’
A 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed that food stamp recipients spend a smaller percentage of their grocery budgets on fruits and vegetables than other Americans do."
Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable, NPR, January 2018.
ICA is proud to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to every client at every food appointment. We always have a variety of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables so that clients can choose what they like and know how to cook.

Your contributions enable us to provide our neighbors in need with these vital foods at every visit. We also partner with local congregations and community organizations to stock the shelf with garden-grown produce in the summer. And our relationships with local grocery partners enable us to rescue food, including fruits and vegetables, that we provide to our clients.

Thank you for your support!