The reality of not knowing where or when your family’s next meal is coming from is sadly a reality for many Virginians.
The COVID-19 pandemic increased the number of Virginians who struggle to consistently acquire enough food to feed themselves and their families. An estimated 446,000 Virginians became food insecure during the pandemic, in addition to the 850,000 Virginians who were already struggling before the pandemic and economic downturn. Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Family Nutrition Program work tirelessly to combat food insecurity across the commonwealth.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is actively addressing this public health and economic crisis across the state by supporting the growth of local food systems, and providing technical assistance to farmers markets by establishing EBT payment systems at markets. Through hands-on interactive learning lessons and education outreach efforts, Extension professionals are helping low-income participants improve access to nutritious foods, prepare healthy meals, and follow healthier eating patterns.
Research shows that every $1 spent on quality nutrition education saves as much as $10 in long-term health care costs. An investment in this Extension program will continue to help expand efforts to provide tools, resources, and education for families to prepare healthy meals.
Together, we can make a difference.
Give today to help our local communities thrive and to help ensure that all Virginians have access to a basic human need – adequate nutrition.