Nutrition Outreach

More than 1.6 million people are food insecure in North Carolina. This means they lack reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. Many of our neighbors also live in food deserts, areas where it's difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.

The Y is working hard to bridge this gap and provide access to our community. We began a nutrition department in 2013 to distribute healthy food, teach good nutrition habits, and do cooking demonstrations in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell counties.

Our Healthy Living Pantry, Mobile Kitchens, and Mobile Market, distribute fresh food along with information on how to store it and practical, cost-effective cooking lessons. We now reach more than 300 families each month.

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) teaches children how to make healthy food choices and to enjoy physical activity, contributing to their social and physical development. The HEPA standards build a healthier future for our nation’s children by creating environments rich in opportunities for eating well and moving more.

Our Y has adopted HEPA standards throughout all of our nutrition work to include meals, snacks, and the food we distribute in the community.

Contact

For more about our nutrition outreach programs, email Cory Jackson, Nutrition and Wellness Director.

Infographic that details the impact of the YMCA of Western North Carolina's Nutrition Outreach Work.