Empowering communities, one healthy habit at a time

Nutrition is core to fighting obesity

But for too many communities across America, reliable access to nutritious food is a daily struggle. We created the Healthy Habits Program to be the change we want to see.

At Found, our mission is to provide people with access to the weight care tools they need to live healthier, longer lives. For some, that means access to medication to address their biology. For others, it’s simply access to healthy, nutrient-dense food.

Healthy Habits is our mission in action. Together with Instacart, the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, and Unite Us, we’re providing realistic solutions for communities in South Texas impacted by both nutrition insecurity and obesity. 

  • $20k

    Our Instacart Fresh Funds donation supports food stipends for each member
  • 3

    Over a three-month period, members receive weekly actionable habits
  • 60

    Food Bank members participating in the Healthy Habits Program

Found is committed to improving nutrition access

The communities the Food Bank of Rio Grande Valley serves in South Texas are home to the highest concentration of adults living with obesity in the country, with many also living with diabetes and other chronic conditions. These communities face other challenges rooted in systemic issues, such as lower incomes, inadequate healthcare, and barriers to transportation. Dollar stores, gas stations, and drive-thru convenience stores make up about 70% of the “grocery stores,” leaving many residents reliant on donations from the Food Bank for access to fresh produce.

Found’s Healthy Habits Program expands access to nutritious food and provides actionable habits curated by our behavioral health experts to the Food Bank’s members, ensuring these communities have the support they need to make lasting changes.

Found on the Ground:
Driving change in the Rio Grande Valley

In June, our team here at Found headed out to Pharr, Texas for “Found on the Ground,” a day of community service with the Food Bank of Rio Grande Valley. The event kicked off with garden work, the monthly food distribution to food bank members, and the Healthy Habits program's first nutrition class, followed by a lunch and celebration with the neighboring community.

Obesity is not a decision, but rather a result of multiple complex factors like education, access to nutritious food, biology, and medical experts who can tailor treatment to the individual. It should be treated with the same level of care as any other chronic disease.

Sarah RomotskyRegistered Dietitian and Head of Strategic Partnerships at Found

Faces of the Rio Grande Valley

Hear from Healthy Habits participants and members of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley on their personal health journeys, and get ready to be inspired.

Meet Patty

Success is finding happines

Patricia Canales once weighed in at 300 pounds and credits the weekly education she receives from the Food Bank for helping her find her healthy weight and the change within herself.

Meet Marcos

On a mission for lifelong health

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Marcos Cabrera balances graduate school with caring for his father, a stroke survivor living with diabetes. Guided by the Food Bank, Marcos is learning recipes to help his father live a longer, healthier life.

Meet Sandra

The power of compassionate giving

The driving force behind the Food Bank’s bilingual nutrition program since 2007, Sandra Gonzalez’ work ensures that community members are not only fed but also benefit from tailored services and resources provided by the food bank.