Related Links

Senior and nutrition education web sites
Commodity foods and food safety web sites
Other nutrition, health and assistance programs
Feeding America food banks in Missouri

Senior and Nutrition Education web sites:

http://www.nutrition.gov
Your complete guide to nutrition and health information on Federal Government Websites.

http://www.mypyramid.gov/
One size doesn't fit all.  MyPyramid Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.  View and download the MyPyramid mini-poster to learn the basics about eating healthy and physical activity.  Other Food Guide Pyramid materials are available at http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=1.

http://www.nihseniorhealth.gov
A senior-friendly website from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine.  This simple-to-use website features popular health topics for older adults.  It has large type and a “talking” function that reads text out loud.

http://medlineplus.gov
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.  Search the site for Health Topics including Nutrition, Nutrition for Seniors and Child Nutrition.

http://outreach.missouri.edu/hes/food.htm
The college of Human Environmental Sciences Outreach and Extension of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Our mission is helping consumers of all ages improve their health and quality of life by selecting nutritious foods and adopting healthy habits.

Commodity foods and food safety web sites

http://www.commodityfoods.usda.gov
The USDA Commodity Food Network (CFN) is the first ever one-stop Federal website that provides direct access to all of the services and resources available for USDA Commodity Food Distribution Programs including the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.  The direct link to cookbooks is http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/recipes/hp_cookbooks.htm and to CSFP commodity food facts sheets and recipes is http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/cfs_csfp.htm.

http://www.foodsafety.gov
The gateway to government food safety information.

http://www.recalls.gov
The gateway to government recall information.

Other nutrition, health and assistance programs:

WIC
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), administered by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is a nutrition education, health promotion and supplemental food program to assist women, infants and children who have nutritional needs.

http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/pap.htm
The gateway to information about the various income maintenance and self-sufficiency programs administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services, including food stamps, food distribution programs, temporary assistance, Medicaid and others. 

http://feedingamerica.org/
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity.  Each year, the Feeding America network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.  Our network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  The Feeding America network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.  Find the Feeding America food bank that serves your local community through the Food Bank Locator on this site.

Feeding America food banks in Missouri:

http://www.ourcommunityfoodbank.org/
In Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas, one of the most agriculturally abundant areas of the country, food insecurity is around every corner. Second Harvest serves a 19 county region.  Our clients are largely comprised of children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities.  These people mainly rely on food pantries, senior citizen centers and food kitchens.

http://www.harvesters.org/
Harvesters is the community's response to hunger.  We've been helping people in need since 1979.  Our network includes more than 620 nonprofit agencies throughout our 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. Our network provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week.

http://www.ozarksfoodharvest.org/
Founded in 1983, Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) is the only food bank in southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 nonprofit hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches more than 155,000 individuals and distributes 8.5 million pounds of food annually—made possible due to its Network of charities and direct-relief programs such as the Weekend Backpack Program™, Kids Cafe®,and the Mobile Food Pantry™ program.

http://www.sharefoodbringhope.org/
The Food Bank has been sharing food and bringing hope to hungry people for nearly 30 years. Our success can be attributed to the support we receive from generous donors, sponsors and friends like you.  Through empowerment, education and partnership The Food Bank brings together community resources to feed people in need.

http://www.stlfoodbank.org/
The St. Louis Area Foodbank began its service to the community in 1975.  Today, we continue to be an organization that relies on the generosity of others to make a difference in the lives of those in need of food assistance.  Since that time, we've grown to become the Bi-State region’s largest non-profit 501(c)(3) food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need.

http://www.semofoodbank.org/
Southeast Missouri Food Bank serves sixteen counties of Southeast Missouri through over 150 nonprofit hunger relief agencies.  Member agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for the abused and homeless, senior citizen programs, low-income children’s programs and non-profit rehabilitation facilities.