Kelly Center for Hunger Relief showcases its FreshStart program

December 13, 2023

The Feeding America senior leadership group recently visited El Paso and toured the Kelly Center for Hunger Relief to learn about the FreshStart program and other nutrition programs offered by the Center.

The FreshStart program is funded by the Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Initiative and provides case management to individuals seeking economic self-sufficiency. The program is free for participants, serves more than 300 individuals annually, and is a national model for providing “More Than Food” to those experiencing hunger and food insecurity. “We are happy that Feed America was in El Paso to learn about the great work Kelly Center is doing in our community,” said Jana Renner, senior program officer for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “The FreshStart program is a testament to our goal of prioritizing healthy eating through health education, policy, and promotion.”

In addition to case management, FreshStart offers a variety of programs and classes to individuals willing and motivated to move their lives from depending on food assistance to self-sufficiency.

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PDNHF Initiative: Healthy Eating

A high-quality diet with appropriate daily caloric intake provides essential nutrients, helps people maintain a healthy weight, and decreases their risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. Evidence associates healthy eating with better health outcomes; however, many people do not consume the daily recommended levels of nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, that make up a healthy diet. The Health Foundation’s focus in the Healthy Eating initiative is educational programs, such as nutrition and cooking classes, that influence behavior in selecting, preparing, cooking, and eating healthy foods and policy and promotion activities that encourage healthy eating.

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Foundation Staff: Jana Renner

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