Nourishments To Tents

“To alleviate Mental Illness Through Nutrition”

The goal of Nourishment to Tents is to alleviate mental illness through nutrition, using a Food and Mood thought process understanding the impact of nutrition on depression and mental illness.

Food and Mood

(The Impact of Nutrition on Depression and Mental Illness)

The most common mental disorders currently prevalent in numerous countries are Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Studies have indicated that daily supplements of vital nutrients are often effective in reducing patients’ symptoms. Nutrition and depression are intricately and undeniably linked, as suggested by the mounting evidence by researchers in Neuropsychiatry. Factors such as poor physical health, living in poverty, or living in deprived communities have been found to be associated with the poor mental health and wellbeing. Both these inequality factors have been shown to have a complex relationship with poor nutrition.

Importance of a Hearty Breakfast

According to reports from the American Dietetic Association, individuals, especially students who eat breakfast have better problem-solving abilities, recall, memory, verbal fluency and creativity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that children who do not eat breakfast or eat an insufficient breakfast, are more likely to have behavioral, emotional and academic problems at school.

Simply put, what you eat or don’t eat directly effects the structure and function of your brain and ultimately your mood and mental health.

Why Nourishments To Tents

We at Homeless Free America (HFA) recognize that many homeless individuals situated in the core of the inner-city go underfed and undernourished because of two fundamental reasons:

1. Transportation challenges to travel to Los Angeles Skidrow soup kitchens.

2. Fear of having their worldly possessions plundered or stolen if they leave their tent for an extended period of time to secure a meal at a downtown mission.

In partnership with the McDonald’s Corporation, our Nourishment To Tents program offers distribution of hot breakfasts directly to the tents of homeless individuals and families in need.