Consumption & Food Access

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Consumption is the opportunity for an individual to gain access to food in a physically safe, financially viable, and culturally competent way. May include restaurants, food pantries, food trucks, and meal assistance programs.

Defined by the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Community Food Systems Program

Federal Resources

Myplate.gov

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

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University of Nebraska and Partner Resources

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Nebraska Harvest of the Month

Nebraska Harvest of the Month is a statewide farm to school program that features a different Nebraska specialty crop each month of the school year. The program promotes local sourcing of fruits and vegetables, and provides schools with resources to support sampling and serving local foods to students. Schools have the opportunity to expand Nebraska students’ palates and increase student interest in healthy foods, nutrition and agriculture by participating. Nebraska Harvest of the Month Toolkit materials are available to download for free.

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Nebraska Produce Vendor Search

The Nebraska Produce Vendor Search is provided by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Click here to see which vendors accept nutrition program benefits including: SNAP, WIC and Senior vouchers and Double Up Food Bucks!

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NEP

The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) helps families on a limited budget make healthier food choices and choose physically active lifestyles by acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to improve their health. NEP is free to all participants who meet income guidelines. Additionally, NEP participates in Policies, Systems and Environmental (PSE) strategies that impact communities. These strategies include school wellness, community and school gardens, healthy food pantries, and child care center wellness. Together with community partnerships, NEP strives to improve the health of Nebraskans.

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Additional Food Assistance Programs and Information

Families who are participating in NEP may also want to explore these resources.