More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Given that less than ideal dietary-related diagnosis, the food bank network Feeding America’s pledge to increase distribution of fruits and vegetables from about one-third to nearly half of the total weight of food it distributes is welcome. (Read the story here.)

The national network of 200 food banks last year distributed more than 4 billion pounds of food to 46 million people.

Feeding America plans to coordinate efforts with food banks and food pantries to help make healthy food choices the easiest choice for food insecure Americans.

A study by Feeding America suggests more than half of the households receiving help from food banks have at least one member with high blood pressure, and a third of the total households surveyed have a member with diabetes.

Feeding America’s established track record as a charitable partner with the produce industry — including cooperative efforts with Produce for Kids — makes industry support for meeting their distribution goal a no-brainer.

We urge all stakeholders in the industry to consider lending Feeding America a hand in improving Americans’ diets and health.

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