Gasol Foundation USA Attends the Nutrition Access LA General Coalition Meeting

On Wednesday, September 20th, Gasol Foundation USA attended (for the first time in-person in 3 years) the Nutrition Access LA General Meeting held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health. Organized by the LA County Nutrition Program, this meeting brought together distinguished leaders in public health to discuss food and nutrition policy and insecurity, share solutions, and engage with the nutrition community. 

Nutrition Access LA is a multi-sector coalition made up of partners from government, community-based organizations, advocacy, health care, school districts and other sectors working collaboratively to ensure all people in Los Angeles County have access to sufficient, nutritious, and affordable food.

According to the Food Insecurity in Los Angeles County Research Brief, food insecurity in L.A. County surged during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 34% of households experiencing food insecurity in 2020. Rates returned to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2001. But food insecurity has increased throughout 2022 and 2023. About 1 million L.A. County households are now food insecure.

Additional topics discussed during the coalition were techniques to advance food and nutrition policy related to nutrition insecurity, and methods to increase coordination and collaboration among Nutrition Access LA member organizations. 

Participating in coalitions such as the Nutrition Access LA General meeting are crucial. Other than providing the opportunity to connect and network with prominent members of the nutrition community, they enable Gasol Foundation USA to utilize the knowledge gained in order to educate children and families in our programs and initiatives. Providing them with information on nutrition assistance programs and other nutrition and food resources is significant as they continue to navigate through policy changes and other disparities. They, along with all people in Los Angeles County, deserve to have access to sufficient, nutritious, and affordable food.

Freaky Fruit Platter

Grape snakes, apple fangs, eyeballs – oh my! This recipe is so awesome because all the ingredients are fruit! You can use all fruit available to you or maybe that is in season, but you can find any of these items at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. What can we say- this healthy fruit platter is far from scary! Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Spooky season is in full effect! Start your day off right with these delicious pumpkin pancakes. This healthy whole grain, low-calorie recipe consists of fluffy cakes with a zesty orange color from pureed pumpkin and a light crunch from toasted pecans. Enjoy!

Frankenstein Sandwich

Let’s have a healthy Halloween! Yes, you heard that right! You can have a nutritious Halloween with healthy snacks and recipes. Take a look at this freakishly healthy and delicious recipe. Have a frightfully-fun night making it together with your family! 

Green Monster Smoothie

While it can be difficult to encourage healthy eating on this day, it’s not impossible. You can still get in on the holiday spirit and satisfy all of your Halloween cravings without straying far from your health goals. This Green Monster Smoothie, for instance,  is fun, healthy and totally doable. Most importantly, it’s great to make with the kids and is sure to get them excited about eating healthy on the spookiest night of the year. One of the best things about smoothies is they provide an easy way to hide healthy, nutrient-rich ingredients kids might not want to eat otherwise. So, you could say this recipe is a trick AND a treat! Muhaha! With just 4 ingredients, it doesn’t get any easier than this. Simply blend all the ingredients together and viola- you instantly have a delicious Halloween treat that offers lots of nutritional goodness! But the creativity doesn’t stop there! Use a permanent marker to decorate the plastic serving cups with silly and spooky faces. Boo!