What is CHOP?-
CHOP is a food rating program
developed by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Its focus is making
healthier options available to both food pantries and their clients.
How do I use it? It’s easy! When ordering from
the Food Bank for the Heartland, choose the options that have the lowest
number. This tells how healthy the product is.
CHOP 1= choose frequently
CHOP 2= choose occasionally
CHOP 3= choose sparingly
How does it work?- The program takes into
account different nutrient, vitamin, sodium and protein levels. Each food is
rated with like foods (cereals are not compared to meats). Some foods are not
rated, such as condiments, because they have minimal nutrient values.
Examples with cereals:
CHOP 1= Honey Bunches of Oats- high in fiber, low sugar,
CHOP 2= Toasty O’s- low fiber, not packed with sugar, some
CHOP 3= Fruit Loops- low fiber, high sugar, low whole grains
Why should I use CHOP? As a place that
supplies food to people in need, we should try to give out the healthiest
options that we can. The foods that are more nutritious are often more
expensive in stores, so if we have the option to give it to people, it will
have a positive impact in their lives in both the short term and the long
term—a short-term impact is that children will do better in school. When they
are not hungry, they will be able to focus on their school work. A long-term
impact is that it will decrease and/or lower the risk of chronic diseases for
both children and adults.
Where can I find the CHOP rating? In Agency
Express (Online Ordering), the CHOP rate of the food will be under the Item No.
tab. Simply click the blue number and the item details will pop up. Under Extra
Info. will be the CHOP rating. If there is no rate number, it:
1. Has not been put into the system yet
2. Is in cases that have a variety of items, so it cannot be
3. Has minimal content meaning that it is an item like
you or your clients have questions or would like more information on how to use
CHOP in your pantry please contact us.