Smart Options

Loaves and Fishes is helping clients put something smart in their cart.

The pantry, which serves hundreds of low-income families each month, has started its new “Smart Options” program in observance of national nutrition month.

Patrons can look at stickers on shelves to identify foods with nutritional value like those high in fiber, protein, or vitamins but low in saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. Some of those smart options include produce, whole grains, and rice.

“Some of the most chronic diseases in the United States are linked to unhealthy eating habits, such as diabetes, cancer & heart disease,” said Toni Havala, Co-chair of Loaves and Fishes’ Nutrition Advisory Council. “So we wanted to help prevent that from happening to people.”

Loaves and Fishes is also planning to have nutritionists on-hand in the near future to work with clients on healthy dieting.

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