Archive for the 'Nutrition' Category

October 27, 2017

Childhood Hunger in Lake County

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

In Central Florida, one in four children is at risk of going to bed hungry. Sadly, hunger can dramatically impact a student’s ability to perform well in school and affect their interest in engaging with the world around them. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, many students are able to access free breakfast and lunch during the school week. However, many of these students return to school on Monday with empty stomachs and are unable to concentrate on their lessons.

In 2016, Lake Cares Food Pantry, one of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s feeding partners, took over a weekend backpack program at Triangle Elementary School in Mt. Dora. Many of the families that access its main pantry have students who attend the school, where 86% of the students participate in the National School Lunch Program. Each week, Lake Cares provides 35-40 backpacks filled with peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit cups, snacks and other non-perishable items.

The school recently honored Lake Cares for its support and partnership. The students presented Irene O’Malley with handmade cards expressing their gratitude. Irene was most impressed by the student’s understanding of hunger and awareness of how Lake Cares is here to help them succeed.

Learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank’s programs for kids: http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how#kids

Photos below courtesy of Triangle Elementary.

 

October 3, 2017

It’s Cucumber Season!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

FL CucumbersAs temperatures rise, there’s no better time to enjoy Florida cucumbers!

Cucumbers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. There are the traditional green-colored cucumbers, as well as white and yellow ones. They may be short, slightly oval or even round in shape. The skin on the cucumber can be smooth and thin or thick and rough.

Cucumbers are known for being very low in calories – a whole cucumber is only 45 calories, an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamin C and potassium.

In the United States, Florida is the number one producer of cucumbers. The two main types grown are slicers, produced for fresh consumption, and picklers, produced for processing into pickles.

Cucumber creations:

  • Add to smoothies or juice
  • Make a wrap with sliced meat, cheese, hummus, lettuce, sprouts and cucumber

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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.