How does the food you eat impact your health?

Nutrition and Food Security

Regular access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable food is an important factor to maintaining a healthy body and mind. It is normal for tastes and eating habits to change throughout life, but some changes could mean nutritional health is at risk. Explore the resources on this page to learn more about how to stay healthy.  

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"Eating nutritious food helps me maintain a healthy body, have more energy, and reduce my risk of diseases like diabetes and heart conditions."

Meals for Socialization and Home Delivery

Meal programs at local Area Agencies on Aging can help with staying healthy and connected to the community. Sharing a meal with friends is a great way to strengthen social connections. Find a local meal site near you!


"Eating nutritious food improves my mental health by reducing my risk of depression and improving my overall wellbeing."

Fresh Produce in Virginia

Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of nutritional health. For those who are eligible, Farm Market Fresh and Virginia Fresh Match provide financial assistance to purchase fresh produce from local farmers’ markets. 


"Food connects me to my cultural traditions and empowers me to bridge differences and promote understanding and acceptance."

Free and Affordable Food

Healthy and nutritious food can be enjoyed, even on a tight budget! Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) provides financial assistance to help purchase groceries. Local food pantries are also a great resource to receive free food and groceries. 


"Sharing a meal brings the people I care about together and creates a sense of community."

Self-Support Programs

Managing nutritional health is a great way to prevent or improve chronic health conditions. Health is directly tied to the food we eat. Chronic Disease-Self Management Education (CDSME) and other evidence-based programs provide learning opportunities on how to manage health and are offered by some Area Agencies on Aging.