BANK OF AMERICA SUPPORTS BETTER NUTRITION AND HEALTH FOR MARTIN COUNTY RESIDENTS
House of Hope has received a $5,000 grant award from Bank of America to support the agency’s four Client Choice pantries which serve Martin County residents.
Bank of America’s generous support will assist House of Hope’s pantries in procuring nutritious food for their clients as well as growing and harvesting produce from their nutrition gardens. With the completion a new state certified Clean Room (kitchen environment), the organization is also able to prepare, freeze and package fresh produce to store and distribute year-round, as well as make fresh sandwiches, salads and more. These efforts will enable House of Hope to offer a variety of healthy offerings at their Client Choice pantries.
Feeding America reports that 13.3 percent of Martin County is food insecure which comprises 19,980 local residents, 3,996 of which are children. With a direct correlation between this population and obesity-related chronic illnesses, House of Hope has prioritized nutrition education and healthier food choices in its distribution of thousands of pounds of food each month to households who otherwise struggle to access a balanced diet. “There is a direct relationship between a person’s overall health and their productivity, whether at home, in the classroom or at work,” said House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri, “and we are striving to improve the health of those we serve.”