Fifty-eight percent of households have at least one member with high blood pressure and 33 percent have at least one member with diabetes.
The cycle of food insecurity and chronic disease begins when an individual or family cannot afford enough nutritious food. The combination of stress and poor nutrition can make disease management even more challenging.
ALFA Celebrates National Ag Day
Employees at Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation in Montgomery celebrated National Ag Day March 21 by doing their part to help feed others.
The back lobby of the home office was a hub of activity as employees dropped off donations of nonperishable food and cash for the Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB). The food and fund drive brought in 1,610 pounds of food and $4,165.15.
The cash donations alone will allow MAFB to provide 24,900 meals for food-insecure people in the 35 counties it serves. That’s enough to feed one person three meals a day from birth to almost 23 years old. The donations included two $1,000
pledges, one from the Alabama Soybean Producers
and the other from the Alabama Wheat & Feed Grains Producers.
Donors received a Better Boy variety tomato plant courtesy of Bonnie Plants, while supplies lasted. Over 200 plants were distributed
Further, the time and money needed to respond to these worsening health crises drains the household budget, leaving little money for essential nutrition and medical care. This causes the cycle to continue.
Many families experiencing food insecurity often have several, if not all, compounding factors which makes maintaining good health extremely difficult.