Food Security Resources
Assist your local park and recreation staff with increasing access to healthy foods and supporting positive food outcomes. The following customizable food security resources have been designed to aid in screening for food insecurity among those visiting your local park and recreation facilities, as well as to assist in enrolling these individuals in SNAP and WIC benefits to help ensure all members of your community have access to fresh, healthy foods.
- Utilization of SNAP-WIC at Grocery Stores
- Preparing and Consuming Meals as a Family
- Using SNAP/WIC Benefits at the Farmers Market
- Food Insecurity Screening Questionnaire and Suggestions
- SNAP Eligibility Checklist for Families
- SNAP Enrollment Documentation Checklist
- WIC Eligibility Checklist for Families
- WIC Enrollment Documentation Checklist
Foods of the Month Facilitator's Guide
Explore the Commit to Health: Foods of the Month & Community and Home Gardening Facilitator's Guide to gain a better understanding of how to implement the curriculum into your out-of-school time programs. The Facilitator's Guide will walk you through each of the materials included in the curriculum and provides best practices for implementation.
Foods of the Month Calendar
Use the Foods of the Month Calendar to plan your out-of-school time nutrition education activities for the entire year. Don’t forget to print the calendar and display it at your park and recreation sites!
Foods of the Month Curriculum
|Month||Foods of the Month|
|January||Cruciferous Vegetables & Legumes|
|February||Oils and Good Fats & Water|
|March||Stems & Fish and Other Seafood|
|April||Fresh Herbs and Spices & Salad Greens|
|May||Eggs & Fresh Beans|
|June||Berries & Peppers|
|July||Tropical Fruits & Melons|
|August||Stone Fruits & Summer Squash|
|September||Whole Grains & Tomatoes|
|October||Apples and Pears & Winter Squash|
|November||Lean Meats & Root Vegetables|
|December||Reduced Fat Dairy & Nuts|
Summer Fresh Foods
Summertime provides a bounty of fresh, healthy foods. Use these resources to celebrate the flavors of the season, and to inspire your community members to eat local.
- Cruciferous Veggies
- Root Veggies
- Stone Fruit
- Summer Squash
- Tropical Fruits
Plant-Based Food Guides
The latest scientific research demonstrates that plant-based food diets prevent and/or reduce obesity, cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Use these resources at your park and recreation sites to share the benefits of plant-based eating behaviors and discuss alternatives to processed foods and animal proteins.
- Plant-based Snacks
- Plant-based Breakfasts
- Plant-based Alternatives to Dairy
- Plant-based Proteins
- The Power of Whole Grains
- Limiting Processed Foods
Commit to Health Poster
Have you joined NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign at your park and recreation site? Download this poster featuring all of the HEPA standards you’re implementing and promote the great work you are doing in your community!
Commit to Health Certificate
Download this certificate of completion as a fun reward for children after their participation in the Commit to Health: Foods of the Month nutrition literacy curriculum!