Healthy-By-Default – Kids’ Meal Beverages SB 1192

Parents eating out with their young children no longer have to worry about cancelling the sugary beverage that all too often shows up with kid’s meals. The California Healthy-by-Default Kid’s Meal bill makes a healthy beverage – water or milk – the default beverage for children’s combo meals instead of sugary drinks, helping parents provide healthy drink options to their children while eating outside the home.

Too many children continue to be overweight and obese (in 2015, 16% of children ages six to 11 years of age were obese), and yet many families lack adequate time and resources to obtain and prepare healthy food, making dinning out an appealing and often necessary option.

Find out more information and background from the Public Health Advocates.

New Release – 2018 San Francisco Food Security Assessment

Get the Full Report Here.

From the San Francisco Food Security Task Force:

For the 2018 report, the SF Food Security Task Force examined data from federal, state and locally funded food programs in order to develop recommendations for policies and systems to support gaps in San Francisco’s food needs. This data integration exposes health disparities to be addressed in all programs serving communities in need.

The 2018 Assessment serves as a five-year update to the landmark 2013 Food Security Assessment Report. Important gains since 2013 include continued budget investments and critical new policies; expanded funding for food programs for seniors and people with disabilities; vouchers and incentives offering additional financial resources to purchase fruits and vegetables; partnerships delivering free groceries to the homes of seniors and adults with disabilities; the launch of a new collaborative to support the health and nutrition of people living in SROs; and sponsors of nutrition programs for children and youth expanding the number of “out of school” meal and pantry programs.

While important progress has been made in the food security network, the 2018 Assessment cites concerning declines for our most vulnerable residents. One in four remain at risk of food insecurity. As the population of San Francisco has grown, the number of San Franciscans at high risk for food insecurity due to low income has also increased. We explore some of the economic conditions that contributed to food insecurity intensifying.

This announcement is the first of many efforts to raise awareness about the state of hunger in San Francisco and the 2018 Food Security Assessment. Next year the Food Security Task Force will continue to amplify its progress toward achieving our collective goal: a food secure San Francisco.

The Food Security Task Force believes that a healthy food system in San Francisco is possible for everyone, and asks you to join us to make this a reality.

The Case for a National Institute of Nutrition

Those of us who work in child nutrition and food systems already know the toll and negative impact diet-related chronic conditions have on communities – particularly in children. Federal child nutrition programs are overseen and managed by the USDA, whose support for farmers and industry often out weighs the health needs of the children the programs serve. Myself and many of my colleagues often express frustration at the lack of clarity and consistent nutrition science on which to build out critical programs which serve food insecure communities.

“The aggregate sum of research funding set aside for nutritional research across all federal agencies is estimated to be only $1.5 billion annually. To put this into perspective, national spending on candy is about $40 billion per year.”

There is a movement growing around the case to create a National Institute of Nutrition.  Check out a preliminary draft of the NIN bill here as well as additional information.

Statewide California Child Hunger Caucus

Thank you Jeff Bridges for your support to end childhood hunger! We enjoyed presenting with you, California Director Kathy Saile from No Kid Hungry, Pastor Karen Abrego (representing Senator Richard Pan’s office) and moderator Edie Lambert of KCRA in promoting the formation of a Child Hunger Caucus within the California State Legislature. It’s collaborations such as this which will truly move the needle to ensure all children in California have access to nutritious food. Stay tuned or contact us for more information.

Market Match at San Francisco’s Alemany Farmers’ Market

A Better Course is the proud recipient of a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program grant, known as Market Match in California, for 2018-19. The program operates at the Alemany Farmers’ Market, which opened in 1943 and was California’s first farmers’ market. The 2018/19 Market Match incentive program is expected to be offered starting February 2019.