Archive for the 'Nutrition' Category

April 10, 2017

Hunger + Health: Health and Nutrition Resources

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Are you interested in learning more about hunger and health? Would you like to share resources or implement changes that promote healthy behaviors for clients?

Visit Hunger + Health. This resourceful website highlights health-related work centered around food insecurity that is happening across the country through the Feeding America network.

Below are a few resources you may find useful. You can also find toolkits, research and other relevant information at Hunger + Health.

Nudges

Nudges, or environmental cues such as signage, colors, packaging and product placement, have been identified as factors that influence what people choose. Learn how to implement nudges at your agency to promote fresh fruits and vegetables, hard-to-move items and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for your clients.   

Video: Nutrition and Health Strategy “Nudges”

The Power of Nudges: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice in Food Pantries

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April 10, 2017

Plantain Waffle Recipe

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Healthy, quick , and delicious! This Plantain Waffle recipe is sure to become a fast favorite. Now we have an easy step by step video showing how YOU can whip up plantain waffles that are just as delicious as Chef Terah’s.

 

March 13, 2017

A New Kids Café Opens its Doors in Brevard County

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Early this month The Cocoa PAL community center began serving nutritious afternoon meals to children and youth through Second Harvest’s Kids Cafe After School Meal Program.

 

As part of our strategic expansion, Cocoa PAL joins Club Esteem in Melbourne, becoming the second Kids Cafe in the county.

 

PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth.

 

The Kids Cafe program provides nutritious, USDA meal pattern compliant meals to youngsters in under-served communities. Meals are served in the late afternoon and are intended to supplement school lunches as well as to enhance community centers that have ongoing enrichment activities.

 

Second Harvest partners with 26 locations in four counties to feed over 2,000 kids every weekday from Monday through Friday.

 

That’s enough kids to fill the Amway Center twice each month!

 

Special thanks to Delores McLaughlin, Director of Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration for her hard work and persistence in making this happen.

 

You can learn more about Cocoa PAL here:

https://www.facebook.com/cocoapal/about/

 

To learn more about our Kids Cafe Program, follow this link:

http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how_kids_cafe

 

February 7, 2017

Healthy Items Available Through (PUR) Power Purchase

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

As a food bank, we are preparing ourselves to work with others in the community who want to make an impact on community health. Along with providing nutrition education, we will distribute as much nutrient-rich food as possible into the communities we serve. With the help of our partner agency network, we distributed 18 million pounds of fresh produce in the last year alone.

We’ve recently compiled a list of shelf-stable items that can be ordered through our Power Purchase (PUR) program. These items align with Feeding America’s Foods to Encourage (F2E) framework. The F2E framework supports USDA’s MyPlate recommendations for consuming more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.

When making your order, we encourage you to select more of these items to promote better health for the clients you serve. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact our Nutrition Manager at mconley@feedhopenow.org.