Every Meal is committed to providing GOOD FOOD that retains the dignity of our children and families. We continually gather feedback from taste tests, program participant surveys, and collaboration with cultural liaisons and community groups.
Beyond physical development, good food improves academics, behavior, attendance, and even self-esteem. At Every Meal, we say food is good if it meets three categories: Nutritious, Delicious, and Relevant.
Nutritious: Our staff dietitian works to ensure all of our bag types meet current nutrition standards for children and youth as outlined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.
Delicious: We taste test the food we buy for our food bags. Taste also includes sight and smell. For each item we provide, we make sure it looks, smells, and tastes delicious.
Relevant: What good is dried rice if you don’t have access to a kitchen to cook it? What good is mac and cheese if you’re an immigrant and have never seen it before? What good are pork and beans if your religion forbids eating pork? We offer five food bag options with a variety menus designed to be relevant for the different children and families we serve.
To ensure the food we provide is good, we purchase almost all of our food in bulk from reputable food banks, wholesalers, and manufacturers. We invest time and funds to source food from the best vendors we can find throughout the country.
Food drives are also an important part of our food sourcing. All donated food is thoroughly sorted by our specific criteria before being used in our bags.
Types of Bags
Weekend Food Bags: Families may choose from five food bag options structured around the USDA MyPlate standards. All food bag types contain 4-5 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food, including a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and soups/entrees.
Produce Bags: As part of our Grow & Give initiative, we provide fresh fruits and vegetables to children and families in our community during the summer growing season. All produce collected through our garden, partnerships, and individual donations gets distributed to local families on a weekly basis. Our goal is to distribute over 1,000 bags of fresh produce in the 2021 Grow & Give season.