The Smart Food Foundation provides whole grains, dried beans, healthy oil, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and cooking spices, along with cooking and nutrition education, to help recipients turn these natural foods into healthy and delicious meals.
We buy in large bulk to keep our food costs to a minimum and depend entirely on volunteers. Our fully loaded cost is only $.30 per meal. Our total program expense is 99.4%, which means that for every $1 contributed, $.994 goes directly towards providing meals to food insecure communities.
We are currently providing ingredients for 65,520 healthy meals per month to food insecure communities in San Diego. But our larger goal is to help improve the diet of these communities whether they are eating food that we provide them for free, or whether they are buying the food themselves.
It's a myth that healthy food needs to be more expensive than unhealthy food. Even at retail prices, the cost of a healthy delicious meal is only about $1 if you know which ingredients to buy and how to cook them.
With the right knowledge, meals based on the healthiest natural ingredients are less expensive, tastier and much healthier than processed foods.
We are currently partnering with South Bay Community Services (Castle Park, Chula Vista, National City and Montgomery Middle Schools and Mar Vista Academy), Mission Middle School in Escondido and the Armed Services YMCA. Our 7 partner sites help us to deliver these ingredients to low income and food insecure communities in the area, and to provide them with nutrition education, cooking demos and recipes.