Eagles Fans Swoop In with "Green Light" Foods for Hungry Neighbors
Thursday, December 4, 2014
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles just wrapped up a month-long online food drive in which fans could purchase healthy foods of their choice that will stock two sites known as Green Light Pantries.
Laura Wall, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says these pantries stock only healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat meats and fish.
"We've got almost 3,300 pounds of food, so that's going to serve the two Green Light Food Pantries for several months," she says.
She points out these healthy foods will help combat the diabetes and high blood pressure that many low-income residents suffer from.
Green light signifies that people can eat as much as they like of the foods in the pantry, whereas red light foods are heavily processed and should be avoided, and yellow light foods can be eaten in moderation.
"And one of the things that we're hoping to do at this point is to expand the Green Light idea to existing pantries,” Wall stresses. “Rather than continue to start brand new pantries, work with the 100 pantries that we're already serving to help them source healthier foods."
The two existing Green Light Food Pantries serve about 400 people.
Wall says her organization also provides health screenings, tastings and nutrition education so consumers can learn how to use the green light foods that may be new to them or that they didn't even used to like.
"And now we find that kale, which is something that nobody wanted to try, is something that we get requests for all the time," she says.
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