1 Step 2 Health Foundation (“1S2HF”), is a nonprofit organization, gaining nonprofit status in 2016 to combat hunger and health disparities in underserved communities in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia.
This is accomplished by working with community partners and volunteers to provide fresh produce and non-perishable food to low-income and underserved individuals and families, while being mindful of the correlation between hunger and health issues.
Our Mission is dedicated to improving the life expectancy of Richmond, and Petersburg, Virginia from the ravages of preventable chronic diseases and food insecurity, through our hunger relief efforts, free health screenings, and community partnerships.
Our Vision: Healthier Lives, Healthier Families, Healthier Communities, and a Healthier World.
We are volunteered lead, and governed by 10 board of directors comprised of leaders with experience in medicine, health, fitness, nutrition, business, community leadership and nonprofit management.
The Healthy Bag program, one of 1S2HF’s primary initiatives, gives individuals facing food insecurities in these targeted areas increased access to nutritious foods and resources on making healthier nutritional and lifestyle choices through our community outreach events. These community outreach events are conducted monthly in various areas. Volunteers go into communities and meet individuals where they are, to alleviate the transportation barrier typically faced by this population.
Each healthy bag contains nutritious items such as: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, snack and water. Resources on healthy living are communicated on-site through our volunteer nurses who also provide the free health screenings.
Care Packages: During our outreach we will distribute care packages to children, men and women, during the cold months we will include blankets, hats and gloves. Starting in 2018 we will start a coat and boot drive to distribute during our community outreach.
Free Health Screenings: During our outreach we provide free health screenings which Include Glucose testing and blood pressure checks. During the visit our volunteer nurses also educate each person to discuss their numbers and what they mean.
We also distribute health, exercise and nutrition pamphlets and offer suggestions on ways for each person to make healthier life style changes.
Family Cycle Program: May thru October we offer loaner bikes and helmets out to the underserved families every other Saturday starting at 9am.
We will ride the capital trail meeting up at Dorey Park and return back to the starting point (average time 1:15 min). Everyone is welcomed to ride, if you don’t own a bike and helmet please be aware that the underserved communities a priority for the loaners.