What’s all this ‘beef’ about going meatless (occasionally)?

In 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that there were 58.7 pounds of boneless chicken and 51.5 pounds of beef per person available to eat in the US, but did you know that over 7.3 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian based diet? Many of you may ask “How do they get enough protein?” The fact of the matter is there are many foods that are great sources of protein that are not animal products.

Take Action: Community Health Centers

Each year, over 22 million people depend on our nation’s community health centers.  These centers are mandated by law to provide care and full services to anyone who visits, regardless of their ability to pay.  Providing everything from primary to dental to behavioral care, community health centers ensure that low-income men, women, children, and families…

Help Us Fight Food Insecurity!

According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, 800,000 Chicagoans live in food insecure households.  For a city of our size, that translates to roughly 3 out of every 10 people.  At Heartland Health Outreach, our staff works with Chicago’s homeless, sickest, and poorest people – and because of that, almost every person we see deals with food…

Take Action: Nutrition Labels

Numbers don’t lie, but sometimes they also don’t tell the whole story.  For that reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently unveiled a proposal to update American nutrition labels.  That’s right – the trusty black and white chart appearing on every package in our grocery stores, carefully outlining the number of calories, fat, sodium, and health of each food, is…

Farm Bill Signed into Law

Last week, President Obama reauthorized and signed the Farm Bill into effect. After months of deliberations and threats of drastic cuts, the bill passed the House and the Senate and moved to the President late last month. Initially, some members of Congress suggested taking away $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), but…