Healthy Acadia Announces 2018 Hungry for Health Initiative

 Healthy Acadia is kicking off Hungry for Health 2018 with a yearlong partnership with Jo's Diner and Pizzeria in Calais. For every veggie pizza purchased at Jo's Diner this year, they will generously donate $2 to support Healthy Acadia's Healthy Food for All programming. Thank you Jo's Diner and Pizzeria! 

 2018 marks the third year of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health campaign, with each year focusing on a different community health issue. Restaurants across Hancock and Washington counties are invited to partner with Healthy Acadia throughout 2018 to help raise awareness and funds to reduce hunger in Washington and Hancock counties. Events will be scheduled throughout the year, and a big, Hungry for Health Restaurant Day is planned for September 15th. Mark your calendars!

 Too many of our friends and neighbors experience hunger and inadequate access to healthy food. Parents are skipping meals to ensure their children have enough to eat over the weekend; and seniors are deciding whether to fill their oil tank, prescription, or grocery cart. No one should have to make these decisions.

 And the truth is that those experiencing food insecurity are more likely to consume high calorie processed foods, which are often less expensive and easier to access than fruits and vegetables and thus suffer from diet-related diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

 Healthy Acadia’s Healthy Food for All programming establishes new and lasting networks, partnerships and systems that increase the amount of food grown for and distributed to residents experiencing low income. Through these efforts, Healthy Acadia aims to make the healthy choice the easy choice, so that wherever someone's food comes from - a food pantry, farmers' market, general store, at school - they are able to acquire healthy options and experience improved health outcomes.

 Join Healthy Acadia in these important efforts to reduce hunger and associated chronic diseases in our communities. Dine out at participating restaurants, and encourage your favorite local eatery to join the effort. Your participation in Hungry for Health really does makes a difference. 

 To learn more about how to get involved, contact Shoshona at 667-7171 or shoshona@healthyacadia.org.