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Healthy Finger Food for All

Healthy Finger Food Recipes

This week, we featured healthy finger food recipes, perfect for parties or tasty appetizers with family or friends.

First up are Sweet Potato Skins that could rival your favorite restaurant’s.

Sweet Potato Skins

 

These Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos are better for you than the frozen version.

Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

 

Make Avocado Edamame Potstickers to try your hand at takeout at home.

Avocado Edamame Potstickers

Avocado Edamame Potstickers

 

These Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls are easy and family-friendly.

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

 

Rainbow Spring Rolls are a beautiful party app, and no one will know how easy they were.

Rainbow Spring Rolls

 

These Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites are the perfect all-in-one bite of flavor.

Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
Image and Recipe via Joyful Healthy Eats

 

Make these adorable Chinese Chicken Salad Mini Tacos as tapas, snacks, apps, or lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad Mini Tacos

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Fighting Hunger Through Food

Long View: Solving Hunger One Bite at a Time

It seems I might be a little fixated on food. A number of friends and family members seem to think I live mealtime to mealtime, which may explain my recent weight gain. As many of us enjoy Central Illinois’ bounty, it’s important to remember many of our neighbors are not so lucky.

In Illinois, we are fortunate to have access to food banks across the state. Julie Melton is the director of Marketing and Development at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF). They distribute millions of pounds of food to over 100,000 individuals across their network of more than 220 sites. She told me, “Based on our Hunger in America Study, a full third of the seniors in the Eastern Illinois Foodbank’s service area experience food insecurity rates of 15 percent to 41 percent. In some areas, more than 42 percent of seniors are food insecure, which is among the highest rates of senior hunger in Illinois.”

You can help fight food insecurity, which means someone doesn’t have reliable access to nutritious, affordable food.

“Every $1 donation can buy $10 worth of food or provide 6 meals for neighbors in our community,” Melton said.

Jim Hires, executive director at the EIF, said, “Older American food insecurity is a growing problem. Addressing senior hunger has become an increasingly major concern and focus across the nation, and especially in our 14-county region. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and our agency partners are committing more of our resources to this issue in the coming months and long term.”

Donating and volunteering at your local food pantry or soup kitchen are better ways to give. Your nearest food bank will be thankful for any support you offer. Search for one nearby at FeedingIllinois.org.

Solving hunger won’t happen overnight. But we can all help one small bite at a time. There are people in all of our communities who don’t have enough to eat. After seeing these statistics, I am more thankful for my food. I bet you will be, too.