Thanksgiving Heart Healthy Food Distribution
Benefitting the Southeast Fort Worth Community
WHAT: Southeast Fort Worth Community Food Distribution – Community members drive through and pick up an uncooked Cornish Game hen and fresh produce to make a meal for Thanksgiving. The event will be first come, first serve, and supplies are limited.
WHO: American Heart Association Kemper Insurance North Texas Area Community Health Centers, Inc.
WHY: A study by UT Southwestern found that residents of the 76104 ZIP code have the lowest life expectancy in Texas at 66.7 years compared to the Tarrant County average of 78.7 years. The second lowest in the state is neighboring ZIP code 76105, which encompasses the Stop Six and Polytechnic neighborhoods, whose residents have an average life expectancy of 70.6 years. The American Heart Association works within the communities across North Texas to talk about nutrition insecurity rather than food insecurity. By making it easier for more people in communities to obtain healthy food, we can reduce some of the risks for heart disease and stroke, raise awareness about heart disease prevention, and drive equitable health in the area. The Association tackles this issue alongside many local organizations to provide information to potential donors about heart-healthy food products and have information at the food pantries about kitchen essentials with education on healthy food swaps that people can make to maximize their nutritional intake.
WHERE: Southeast Community Health Center 2909 Mitchell Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76105
WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2023
9:30 a.m. – volunteers packing bags
11:00 a.m. – until food distribution supplies last (estimate 12:30 p.m.)
Heart- Healthy Pantry Donation Suggestions:
- Powdered milk
- Unsalted nuts
- Natural peanut butter
- Canned meat (tuna, chicken), no sodium added
- Whole wheat pasta
- Whole wheat crackers
- Whole grain cereals
- Whole grain, natural granola bars
- Canned vegetables, no added sodium
- Canned fruit in 100 % fruit juice
- Natural applesauce
- Soups, low or no sodium
- Dried fruit, no added sugar
- Healthier cooking oils, like olive oil
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.