MAZON program improves access to nutritious meals for those in need



MAZONOur current Challenge the Gap beneficiary, MAZON, has launched a new program, Healthy Options, Healthy Meals, a national initiative to make healthy and nutritious food more accessible for low-income families:

Feeding America food banks in the eight Kaiser Permanente regions were invited to participate in this two-and-a-half year initiative, which aims to strengthen their capacity to achieve their healthy food goals, wherever they may be along the healthy eating continuum. Healthy Options, Healthy Meals is designed to be collaborative, not prescriptive; together, MAZON and participating food bank partners will co-create a process for change and help shape how the food bank community conducts this type of work.

MAZON will provide a framework for approaching this important work, as well as technical resources and a peer-to-peer network. MAZON will also provide individualized support, assisting each food bank in customizing a plan that is tailored to its needs and strategic goals on its path to becoming a stronger change agent and community resource for healthy eating.

MAZON is pleased to have the Atkins Center for Weight and Health at University of California, Berkeley, as program evaluators who will assist throughout each stage of the project in our effort to build healthy communities.