“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips.

Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Community Nutrition Manager

At Second Harvest, we love Halloween! Every year, we have so much fun dressing up for our staff costume contest (skits included), decorating the office, and enjoying our staff Halloween party. However, there’s one thing that we don’t love as much – every November through December, our barrels flood with donated Halloween candy. While we truly appreciate the sentiment of giving, there are so many other great ways and foods to give, so this year we respectfully ask that you please don’t give us candy.

Why are we so tough on the treats? Our mission is to lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one. Our clients have told us they prefer healthy food. When asked “If you had more money, what specific foods would you purchase for you and your family?” the top responses were protein (37%), fruit (25%), and vegetables (21%).

Out of the over 1,200 desired food items, there was just one mention of candy. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are critical health concerns for our clients and we are committed to their desire to live healthy, active lives. We hope you can help by donating some of our most-needed foods instead of candy.

You can also help by making a financial contribution. Second Harvest can turn a one dollar donation into the equivalent of two nutritious meals. Check out our donation options here.

Thank you for helping us keep our clients happy and healthy and have a wonderful Halloween!