Thousands of low income families are benefiting from free health foods after Phoenix Agri Research stepped in to donate 3,600 packages of BGLife Barley Whole-Control Cereal.
The low-fat, whole grain cereal, which contains high concentrations of beta-glucan fibre, will be distributed by Nourish America, a California-based charity dedicated to fighting malnutrition by providing healthy food and vitamin supplements to the needy across America.
Through Nourish America, the residents of the American Housing Foundation projects in Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma, and clients of the Center for People in Need in Lincoln, Nebraska, are benefiting from the donation.
Barley is believed to be naturally effective in protecting against Type 2 Diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. It's also believed to offer benefits in terms of weight management, satiation and blood pressure control.
"The risk of diabetes in America is alarming," said Ron Ueland, president of Phoenix Agri Research, which is based in Montana. "We support Nourish America's mission to improve the health status at risk of malnutrition. We are pleased to donate a wholesome, healthy food product to those who need it most."
"Resident response to the barley distribution has been phenomenal," said Suzanne Wendt, resident services regional director at the American Housing Foundation. "We have had parents and seniors coming in and asking for several bags after they have sampled the first one they received.
"Unfortunately, diabetes is a disease that we hear about at all of our properties. Residents who are in that battle have really expressed great enthusiasm and gratitude for the barley. One resident in Austin, Texas, shared her success with baking 'oat' bread with the barley. She said that her kids loved it and she felt great knowing that she was providing them a nutritional snack, not junk food."