Food pantries in Schenectady increasing access to healthier options

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Poor nutrition often leads to chronic disease, but for many the cost of healthy foods is just too high.

A new partnership between Schenectady County and Cornell Cooperative Extension aims to ease this burden.

This comes after a survey conducted last year showed 68 percent of food pantry clients suffered from a number of chronic illnesses like high cholesterol and diabetes and the county wanted to do something.

Five participating pantries will increase their fresh produce distribution, make healthy choices more visible and offer recipes and nutrition classes. The goal is to reduce illness and improve their client’s overall health.

“We need to get more people eating more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. If we do that, our quality of life will improve,” Karen Johnson, Vice Chair of the Schenectady Legislature, said.

The displays in the video are at the Bridge Christian Church pantry where the pantry’s coordinator says her clients are loving it.

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